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Superintendent says metal detectors will be installed at Frederick Douglass High School

Stationary metal detectors will be installed as soon as possible at Frederick Douglass High School and all students will be required to pass through them daily, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said today after a student at the school accidentally shot himself in the hand during first period. “This is something we must do,” Caulk said, “Speaking as a parent and a father,...

Frederick Douglass student named winner of 30th Lexington Sister Cities Young Artist Competition

‘Diplomacy,’ by Rose Linn Rose Linn of Frederick Douglass High School is the 2018 winner of the Lexington Sister Cities Young Artist Competition, whose theme was “The Art of Diplomacy.” The annual contest, which is open to all Lexington students age 13-18, is sponsored by Central Bank and the John G. Irvin Galleries, as well as Lexington Sister Cities Commission. Rose Linn Rose’s...

Frederick Douglass Youth Citizens Academy offers students hands-on experience in city government

The Youth Citizens Academy is a joint, pilot project between the council office of Angela Evans, 6th District Councilmember, and Frederick Douglass High School to provide students with a hands-on look at the functions of city government. They YCA’s first event will be a two-day Fire and Emergency Services Field Day on Nov. 20 and 21 on the Frederick Douglass High School campus. This inaugural event...

Lexington named Ford Next Generation Learning Community; FCPS launches Academies of Lexington

In a special program with high-profile guests, Lexington was officially designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community, and Fayette County Public Schools celebrated the launch of The Academies of Lexington in three of its six high schools. “I could feel the enthusiasm and knew this community was ready,” said Cheryl Carrier, executive director of Ford NGL, who first met with city, industry,...

CAC Youth One Eighty high school mentoring program proves especially beneficial to FCPS

While the Community Action Council has a longstanding partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, one of its recent initiatives has proven especially beneficial for high school students. The Youth One Eighty program, which launched in 2013, gives teenagers regular opportunities to share freely about whatever is on their minds in small-group mentoring sessions. It also includes after-school and...

KHSAA sets 2017 state high school soccer tournament at Frederick Douglass, Lafayette

During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Offices, the Board of Control accepted a membership application from Danville Christian Academy and finalized sites for the 2017 State Soccer Tournament. Danville Christian Academy will begin its two-year probationary period with the current 2017-18 school year, and will be ineligible for...

Students at new Frederick Douglass High School have opportunity for unique learning experience

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Some 1,000 students entering Frederick Douglass High School were among the more than 40,000 across Fayette County Public Schools returning to class Aug. 16 after summer break. “We get to start everything from Day 1. Every inch of this building is brand new. Guys, this is an opportunity for you to do something special,” Principal Lester Diaz told students gathered...

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

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...

Fayette Co. school officials reverse course; students will decide new mascot for Frederick Douglass

A day after announcing Stallions would be the mascot of the new high school on Winchester Road, school district officials backpedaled after residents objected over what one called an “inappropriate and sexist” choice for female sports teams. Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said late Tuesday that students at Frederick Douglass High School will be invited to offer input. “We...

New Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington names colors, ‘Stallions’ as team mascot

Frederick Douglass High School’s principal, Lester Diaz, declared 2017 the year of the Stallion and introduced the colors for Lexington’s newest public high school as Keeneland green and orange. “We are in the middle of designing a truly special place for students,” Diaz said in prepared remarks at a Monday news conference in Hamburg. “Our school will be the kind of place that cares about...