Opinion / Editorial
Alumni give back through teaching
November 2, 2012Douglass High School
Since the birth of Frederick Douglass High School, many profound and esteemed men and women have walked through the halls gracefully, forever leaving their mark engraved upon the stonewalls of FDHS. Now, it is time to reflect on their story.
“I felt as though it was my purpose to give back to the very community that shaped me today. I can strongly relate to what these kids are going through each day, and I feel as though it is my job to teach and show them that there is another way other than the streets. I feel it is up to me and other teachers to explain to them that the streets don’t define them, as I learned when I attended here,” Science Teacher Ms. Holloway said.
Since 1968, Frederick Douglass High School has been a home for some of the most esteemed and intellectual thinkers of our time. It has been the starting point from which our heroes today have journeyed. The name holds true to the values it has bestowed upon its students. Each alumnus such as Ms. Holloway, Mr. Polite, and Ms. L. Hill, has had the honor to relay their teachings from FDHS to the Astros that now attuned.
It is widely stated that, “Teachers are the mirror image or our parents. We should treat and respect them as such. We see them as heroes and look up to them not as mere people but as giants towering overall.
“Although it was such a long time ago, still do I remember the energy and focus that Ms. Holloway gave off. She used engaging techniques and methods that kept us all focused and made it nearly impossible to walk out of there not learning something new,” Senior Demarcus Cunningham said.
Frederick Douglass High School has been more than a school. It has been a home to the many alumni that have now ventured off into the world with the knowledge they have soaked in from FDHS. These alumni have studied to be sport stars, philanthropists, engineers, architects, and teachers. Many of these teachers never left however. They left to college just to journey back to their alma mater, where it all started; their mission was to teach and help those as those did before them. Now we sit in the very seats, learning and soaking up the knowledge they have to offer us.
“Douglass has been my home away from home, and how could I ever leave my home? I feel as though it is my job to give back to my community and teach this generation the same lessons and values that I learned when I attended Douglass. This generation has just merely tripped upon the path to success and they only need a little guidance to set them straight and become the successful people they are born to be,” math teacher Ms. L. Hill said.
By Ibrahim Carson 11/2/12