- Category: News
12 May 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
• Hundreds of applications were received. Six finalists were selected.
• Online voting, which included a review of each school-produced video, was held to select three schools from which the president made a final decision. The other top three finalists were High Tech High International in San Diego and Bridgeport High School in Washington.
• The White House announced Tuesday that Booker T. Washington High School was the 2011 winner. Vice President Joseph Biden called Principal Alisha Kiner with the word.
• BTW’s graduation rate went from 55 percent in 2007 to 81.6 percent in 2010.
• The school has taken steps such as establishing separate freshman academies for boys and girls to help students adjust to the school culture and creating an atmosphere where teachers take personal interest in seeing students take pride in their schoolwork.
• Students can now take AP classes, learn about engineering through robotics competitions, and earn college credits.
• Booker T. Washington is Memphis’ oldest high school created for African-American students during segregation.