Booker T. Washington High School: “Center of The Universe”.

Posted on May 14, 2011 by


For months politicians in Memphis and Nashville have bombarded the Memphis City School system with negative attacks. They have passed laws with race as their number reason for doing so; along with their ideas that African-American city school students would pull down the grade value of Shelby County schools and increase violence to boot; that Memphis City School teachers, with their “inferior standards”, would shock the county school system with poor teaching techniques and low teaching desires. 

While political attacks were lighting the sky, causing shock waves, and stress on every student and teacher in the city school system one school was busy making history.  Booker T. Washington High School in South Memphis or Downtown Memphis made history in ways that should return the shock back to Nashville.  This school and its faculty did what would seem impossibly a few years ago.  They turned around a failing school and made it the best school in the nation under President Obama’s 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

Booker T. Washington is now responsible for a new attitude in Memphis; one that might change how Nashville view city schools in general but in very small degrees.  Most signs are pointing to the fact that Nashville, county school officials, and local county elected officials wouldn’t care if every city student was an “A” student.  They would rather “NOT” see Memphis and Shelby County Schools unite even if the positive out weighted the negative 50 to 1.