New Beginning with Old Spirit: School, community leaders mark opening of Frederick Douglass HS

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The school district and community supporters officially opened Frederick Douglass High School on Monday with a brief program, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and informal tours.

Featured guests included more than a dozen graduates of the old Douglass High School on Price Road, which opened in 1929.

“Our recent reunion theme was ‘A New Beginning with an Old Spirit,’” said Robert Robinson, Class of 1954 and president of the Douglass Alumni Association. He encouraged everyone connected with Fayette’s newest public high school to hold fast to the tenets of hard work, pride, family, community, and a never-ending desire to learn.

“We, the alumni, pledge our support and are anxious to see its vision become a reality,” Robinson added.

Featured guests included more than a dozen graduates of the old Douglass High School on Price Road, which opened in 1929 (Photo Provided)

Frederick Douglass High School will share part of the building with Carter G. Woodson Academy, which has moved out of its space at Crawford Middle School. Micah Lowe, who was in the sixth-grade class when Woodson opened in 2012, spoke about the history and connections between the African-American giants for whom the two schools are named.

Douglass was a 19th-century abolitionist and orator, while Woodson was a historian, author, and educator in the early 1900s. Coincidentally, Woodson had attended a Douglass High School in Fayette County, Virginia.

“It was meant to be for these two great men to be reunited (in Lexington’s newest school),” Micah said. “These men inspire us to be the best we can.”

The program also included remarks from Superintendent Manny Caulk, Mayor Jim Gray, school board Chairwoman Melissa Bacon, architect Susan Hill of Tates Hill Jacobs, and Principal Lester Diaz.

“We knew we wanted to build a school that would carry us into the future and support next-generation learning,” Bacon told the crowd filling the auditorium for the first time. “This incredible brick-and-mortar building stands as a testament to what is possible when our community comes together for the good of our students.”

From Fayette County Public Schools

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