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Thurgood Marshall transforming before your eyes

Back in July of 2008, I wrote a post about my friend David Lawrence, the new principal at Thurgood Marshall HS.

I predict that within 3 years, Dayton’s Thurgood Marshall High School will be a school of first choice, much like the vaunted St. Ivers (I mean Stivers). And, I’ll be surprised if the parents of the students attending don’t know it as soon as this school year begins. The question will be: How long will it take for perceptions to change- and the word to get out.

via A man with a plan: David Lawrence, Principal Thurgood Marshall HS | Esrati [1].

I was chastised by an Alan Scott in the comments.

Today’s news from Thurgood Marshall:

Marshall advances to state final [2]

Juwan Staten scored 22 points and Marshall overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to stun Circleville Logan Elm 62-53 in overtime in Friday’s boys high school Division II basketball state semifinals.

The Cougars (22-4) return to OSU’s Schottenstein Center at Columbus for Saturday’s D-II state final against the Akron St. Vincent-St. Marys/Columbus St. Francis DeSales winner at 5:15 p.m.

and, because basketball isn’t everything:

Chess moves used to teach ‘game of life’ [3]

DAYTON – Thurgood Marshall High School freshman Ashley Thornton made some decent moves on the chessboard, but in the end she was no match for Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, 45.

“You blocked your own self in,” he gently chided the 15-year-old girl after the game in the school library Friday, March 27.

The former state trooper who started the Atlanta-based nonprofit, Be Someone, nine years ago is now traveling the country using the game of chess to teach youth how to make better decisions in life.

The author of One Move at a Time: How to Play and Win at Chess …and Life! [4] also was the keynote speaker Friday during the ninth Black Man’s Think Tank conference at Sinclair Community College.

As Hudson taught the basics of the game to about 25 students at the high school, he slipped in his message.

In the game of life, KASH should be king: Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, Habits.

These things don’t happen by accident. There is a transformation underway at Thurgood Marshall High School- and there is a reason for it. Leadership can make a difference.

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