Lucille Hunter Elementary School
Lucille Hunter GT/ AIG Basics Magnet Elementary School known as Hunter Magnet Elementary School Lucille Hunter School, is a black elementary school for academically intellectually gifted students in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Hunter Elementary was Wake County's first magnet school; the school was the first school in North Carolina to be named after an African-American educator. Hunter Elementary is named after Lucille Hunter who, born in 1883 to former slaves in Wilmington, North Carolina, was an educator that taught in Raleigh's segregated black schools for over forty years, including a position as a third grade teacher at the now demolished Washington School. At the time of her death in 1926, she was teaching at disestablished Crosby-Garfield school; the decision to name the school after Hunter was reached after her former students and colleagues lobbied the Raleigh Township Committee. From 1833 to 1840, the ten acres of land that the school was built on was a quarry that yielded stone for the North Carolina State Capitol.
The plot was used for public executions. The Raleigh school board purchased the land on July 14, 1926. Construction of the school was completed in 1927, funded by money from a bond issue. At the time of its opening, racial segregation laws were in place in North Carolina. Hunter served black students from first grade to seventh grade, had black faculty and staff. Most of the school's books were handed down from white institutions, fundraisers had to be held to purchase new ones; the Great Depression in 1929 brought economic hardship on students, some had to drop out in order to support their families. In 1935 the Garfield section of the Crosby-Garfield School in Raleigh was damaged by a fire. Students attended classes at Hunter until repairs were finished in 1939. By 1953, the seventh grade class was moved to Washington Graded and High School, leaving Hunter with only grade one through six. Early in the morning of January 22, 1965, a large fire engulfed Hunter destroying the school's main wing. Teachers came to save records from the blaze.
The cafeteria and gymnasium were not damaged. Two 14-year-old students were held responsible for burglarizing the school and igniting the drapes in the auditorium, they were sent to a reform school. Classes were held in Hunter's basement and at John W. Ligon Junior-Senior High School until repairs were completed. In 1971, all Wake County schools were desegregated and Hunter became a center for sixth-grade students. At the time, single grade schools were seen as a less controversial way to get communities to agree to integration. Needed repairs, ignored were addressed. In 1978, after the merger of the Raleigh City and Wake County Public School Systems, Hunter became the county's first magnet elementary school, serving grades kindergarten through six, offering a program for academically gifted children; this was seen as a way to attract students from West Raleigh to remedy the school's falling enrollment. Hunter was the first Wake County school to have teachers certified to instruct Gifted & Talented classes.
In the 1980s the sixth grade was dropped from the school. In the 1990s the school was featured in a broadcast on ABC's Good Morning America, where psychologist Robert Sternberg's theories on intelligence were tested on students. Hunter celebrated its 75th anniversary during the 2002-2003 school year and obtained a portrait of Lucille Hunter, now displayed in the school's media center. In 2013, Hunter received a School of Distinction merit award from the Magnet Schools of America trade organization. In 2014, Hunter received a bronze award from Advocates for Health in Action; that same year it received a School of Excellence merit award from the MSA. In 2016, Hunter received the School of Excellence Award from the MSA. Maycie Herrington, history conservator
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County in the United States. Raleigh is the second-largest city in the state, after Charlotte. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city; the city covers a land area of 142.8 square miles. The U. S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population as 479,332 as of July 1, 2018, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County. Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University and is part of Research Triangle Park, together with Durham and Chapel Hill; the "Triangle" nickname originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located in Durham and Wake counties, among the three cities and their universities. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U. S. Census Bureau's Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 2,037,430 in 2013.
The Raleigh metropolitan statistical area had an estimated population of 1,214,516 in 2013. Most of Raleigh is located within Wake County, with a small portion extending into Durham County; the towns of Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Wendell and Rolesville are some of Raleigh's primary nearby suburbs and satellite towns. Raleigh is an early example in the United States of a planned city. Following the American Revolutionary War when the US gained independence, this was chosen as the site of the state capital in 1788 and incorporated in 1792 as such; the city was laid out in a grid pattern with the North Carolina State Capitol in Union Square at the center. During the American Civil War, the city was spared from any significant battle, it fell to the Union in the closing days of the war, struggled with the economic hardships in the postwar period related to the reconstitution of labor markets, over-reliance on agriculture, the social unrest of the Reconstruction Era. Following the establishment of the Research Triangle Park in 1959, several tens of thousands of jobs were created in the fields of science and technology, it became one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States by the early 21st century.
Bath, the oldest town in North Carolina, was the first nominal capital of the colony from 1705 until 1722, when Edenton took over the role. The colony had no permanent institutions of government until the new capital New Bern was established in 1743. In December 1770, Joel Lane petitioned the North Carolina General Assembly to create a new county. On January 5, 1771, the bill creating Wake County was passed in the General Assembly; the county was formed from portions of Cumberland and Johnston counties. The county was named for the wife of Governor William Tryon; the first county seat was Bloomsbury. New Bern, a port town on the Neuse River 35 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, was the largest city and the capital of North Carolina during the American Revolution; when the British Army laid siege to the city, that site could no longer be used. Raleigh was chosen as the site of the new capital in 1788, as its central location protected it from attacks from the coast, it was established in 1792 as both county seat and state capital.
The city was named for sponsor of Roanoke, the "lost colony" on Roanoke Island. The city's location was chosen, in part, for being within 11 mi of Isaac Hunter's Tavern, a popular tavern frequented by the state legislators. No known city or town existed on the chosen city site. Raleigh is one of the few cities in the United States, planned and built to serve as a state capital, its original boundaries were formed by the downtown streets of North, East and South. The plan, a grid with two main axes meeting at a central square and an additional square in each corner, was based on Thomas Holme's 1682 plan for Philadelphia; the North Carolina General Assembly first met in Raleigh in December 1794, granted the city a charter, with a board of seven appointed commissioners and an "Intendant of Police" to govern it. In 1799, the N. C. Minerva and Raleigh Advertiser was the first newspaper published in Raleigh. John Haywood was the first Intendant of Police. In 1808, Andrew Johnson, the nation's future 17th President, was born at Casso's Inn in Raleigh.
The city's first water supply network was completed in 1818, although due to system failures, the project was abandoned. In 1819 Raleigh's first volunteer fire company was founded, followed in 1821 by a full-time fire company. In 1817, the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina was headquartered in Raleigh. In 1831, a fire destroyed the North Carolina State House. Two years reconstruction began with quarried gneiss being delivered by the first railroad in the state. Raleigh celebrated the completions of the new State Capitol and new Raleigh & Gaston Railroad Company in 1840. In 1853, the first State Fair was held near Raleigh; the first institution of higher learning in Raleigh, Peace College, was established in 1857. Raleigh's Historic Oakwood contains many houses from the 19th century that are still in good condition. North Carolina seceded from the Union. After the Civil War began, Governor Zebulon Baird Vance ordered the construction of breastworks around the city as protection from
Washington Magnet Elementary School
Washington Magnet Elementary School is a historic school and building located at Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina. It was built in 1923–1924 to serve African-American students in Raleigh and is now a magnet elementary school. From 1924 until 1953, Washington served as the only secondary education institution for black students in Raleigh; this changed with the establishment of John W. Ligon Junior-Senior High School, which assumed that role. In 1982, Washington became an elementary school involved with the magnet program and Gifted & Talented curriculum. Washington was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 as the Washington Graded and High School. In 2003, it received designation as a Local Historic Site by the City of Raleigh's Historic Preservation Association. Washington Graded and High School was constructed in 1923-1924 as part of the city of Raleigh's plans to expand the education system in order to accommodate increasing numbers of school-aged children; the project was funded by a portion of the money from a million dollar bond issued by the school board on April 4, 1922.
At the time of its completion in 1924, The original building is a two-story, brick building with Tudor Revival style design elements. A three-story rear addition was built in 1927, a track in 1942, a gymnasium in 1949, other additions were made in 1996 and 2000; the building was renovated from 2002-2003. Maycie Herrington, history conservator John W. Ligon, interim principal which John W. Ligon Middle School was named after Official website
John W. Ligon Middle School
John W. Ligon GT Magnet Middle School John W. Ligon Junior-Senior High School, is a public magnet middle school in the Wake County Public School System located in the Chavis Heights neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina, it was an all black high school in Raleigh until it was integrated in 1971. John W. Ligon High School was founded in 1953, replacing Washington Graded and High School as the only all black secondary education institution in Raleigh, North Carolina; the overall building costs amounted to $1 million, making it the largest school construction project in the state at the time. It was named after John William Ligon, an educator, local pastor and interim principal at Washington; the school's books were supplied secondhand from its white counterpart, Needham B. Broughton High School. Ligon was seen as model for black education throughout the state, attracting a large number of students and an educated teaching staff from the local black colleges. By the late 1960s it possessed a higher percentage of teachers with graduate degrees than any of Raleigh's three white schools.
Ligon served as the city's only black high school until 1971, when it was desegregated and subsequently converted into a junior high school. In the late 1970s, officials considered closing the school, but this was met with opposition from alumni and Ligon continued to operate. In 1982, Ligon was formally consolidated into the new Wake County Public School System and became involved in the Magnet Program; the Crosby-Garfield school in Raleigh merged into Ligon at the same time. Between 1994 and 1995, computers and laserdisc players were installed in many of the school's classrooms. 360 students were educated on the use of ClarisWorks, HyperStudio, MacGlobe software. Teachers were trained in the areas of data management and multimedia. In the early 2000s, the school underwent major renovations and expansions, including the construction of new hallways, a baseball field, more classrooms. After the racial integration period, Ligon promoted diversity, still part of its goal; as of 2007, there were 157 Asian students, 376 African-American students, 496 White students, 17 Hispanic students.
In addition, students' differences in income and class are shown by the 24% of the school which gets reduced price or free lunches. A large number of its NC state-identified Academically Gifted students go on to the Magnet William G. Enloe High School. In the 2008-09 school year, only 34% of applicants received admission. 2004 Magnet School of Distinction 2005 Magnet School of Excellence 2006 Magnet School of Excellence 2008 Magnet School of Excellence 2009 Magnet School of Excellence 2010 Magnet School of Excellence 2010 Football Conference Champions 2012 Football Conference Champions 2012 Girls' Soccer Conference Champions Ligon belongs to multiple school related organizations. Among them are: Family and Community Leaders of America National Junior Honor Society Tri-M Music Honor Society Ligon has many extracurricular courses and electives; these include foreign languages, which include Spanish, French and American Sign Language. Ligon will be starting Chinese again starting with the 2013-2014 school year.
Ligon offers courses in physical education. These would include, Tennis 1, Tennis 2, basketball 1, basketball 2, basketball 3, racket sports, sports variety, soccer 1, soccer 2, fencing. Ligon has electives that can be as specific as Flash software and Visual Basic programming. Many electives involve students in running the school, such as technical theater, LTV. Unlike most middle schools, who only have ten or so electives, Ligon has about 300 electives. Students can take three electives per quarter, unless they are taking semester-long, or year-long electives. Ligon offers multiple courses in orchestra, dance and acting. Two of Ligon's string orchestras, Silver Strings and Ligon Philharmonic, performed in Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY. Mrs. Ruth A. Johnsen is the conductor of both orchestras, along with Apprentice Orchestra. Ligon's colors are blue and gold, their teams are referred to as the Little Blues. Ligon's sports teams include: Volleyball Softball Football Men's and Women's Soccer Men's and Women's Basketball Track and Field Cheerleading Shantan Krovvidi went to the National Geography Bee after winning the North Carolina state competition.
On 19 May 2009, Krovvidi qualified for the final round. On 20 May 2009, Krovvidi took third place in the final round. Ligon Middle School official website Magnet Schools of America official website NCSU Ligon History Project Ligon Staff
Jesse O. Sanderson High School
Jesse O. Sanderson High School, more called Sanderson High School, is a co-educational 9–12 public high school in the Wake County Public School System; the school was founded in 1968. It is named after a former superintendent of Jesse O. Sanderson. Sanderson runs on a 2x4 block schedule, it is known for its performing arts and its community outreach programs. As of 2012 the school has 2,015 enrolled students, 111 hired educators. 24 of the teachers are National Board Certified Teachers. Many Advanced Placement courses are offered; the Paideia program, named after a Greek style of learning is offered to 9th graders. The Career and Technical Education program received the highest test scores in Wake County, its latest Graduation Rate is eighty-five percent according to Wake County Schools. Sanderson is a major participant in the Food Bank of Central and center North Carolina's Students Against Hunger Food Drive; the food drive is led at the school by the Student Government Association. Sanderson has won ten of the last eleven food drive competitions, facing off against local rival high schools such as Millbrook High School and Leesville Road High School.
In 2011, the school collected 222,668.1 pounds of food, following a steady yearly increase. Sanderson participates in other feeding ministries through their club, Coalition for the Homeless, they distribute them to the local homeless population and glean on local farms. Student publications are: The Sandscript – A monthly student-written newspaper; the Lankonikos – The yearbook. Sanderson offers a variety of student clubs including a handful of national organisations as well as a series of local organisations; some of the national organizations Sanderson offers are International Thespian Society, FIST Club Academy of Finance, Air Force JROTC, Business Alliance, DECA, FCCLA, Technology Student Association, Photography Club, Spartan Productions, Japanese Culture Club, Future Teachers of America, National Art Honor Society, Gay/Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, Young Republicans, Young Democrats. Sanderson's student government has received recognition for their participation in the Sanderson community.
It is one of the only four high schools in the state and 131 in the country to earn the National Association of Student Councils Gold Council of Excellence in 2010. Sanderson is known around the state for their Theatre Troupe, Marching Band, chorus department. In recent years all three have been recognized for being one of the best programs in the area. Sanderson Theatre Ensemble In recent years, the Sanderson's Theatre Ensemble has been recognized by the North Carolina Theatre Conference for many awards, they have received the "Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting" in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. They have received the "Distinguished Play" Award and attended the State Championship for Theatre in 2012, 2014 and 2015. "The Yellow Boat" received the "Distinguished Play" award at the State NCTC Play Festival sending a Wake County HS to represent the state of NC at the Southeastern Theatre Conference for the first time in recorded history. At SETC, Sanderson Theatre Ensemble was given the "Best Ensemble" Award.
In 2016, Sanderson Theatre Ensemble put on Woody Allen's "Death" and in 2017, the group put on "The Insanity of Mary Girard." In addition to the one-act plays put on by the Advanced Theatre Class, Sanderson Theatre Ensemble puts on a fall play and a spring musical each year. Sanderson Marching Band The Sanderson marching band is known around the state for hosting the Capital Band Expo each year in October; this is where they invite schools from across the state and beyond to show off their skill in one of the few competitions of its kind. The marching band competes in regional band competitions, winning three Grand Champion awards while competing in 2011, 2014, 2018. Sanderson Sandpipers For many years the Sanderson Sandpipers have been known around the state not only for their collected talent as an ensemble but for their teacher and director Marshall Butler, Jr. How has been honored around the country for his talent of bringing the best out of his students, he has been recognized as an outstanding music educator by the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.
2014. Marchall Butler retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Sanderson has won 131 conference championships. Sanderson's sports team play under the Spartan identity, their athletic director is Tony Lewis. He assumed this position after Bob Catapano retired in 2010. Men's Cross Country Coached by Ashley Taylor and assistant coach is Jason Bochart, Sanderson's men's cross country team won the 2009 NCHSAA 4A State Championship at Tanglewood Park; the team. Men's Soccer Sanderson's men's soccer team. Since the early 1980s, they have produced a number of Division 1 players such as Bakti Barber, Louie Arne', Bruce Arne', Damon Arne', Chris Cody, Todd Renner, Jimmie Mulik, Clark Brisson, Caleb Norkus, Justin Wyat
Raleigh Charter High School
Raleigh Charter High School is a free, independent public school chartered by the North Carolina State Board of Education. It was founded in 1998 by parents of eighth graders at Magellan Charter School. From its inception through the 2010–2011 school year, Raleigh Charter occupied the historic Pilot Mill behind Peace College in downtown Raleigh. Over the summer of 2011, the school moved to the former Methodist Building on Glenwood Avenue; this location offers proximity to downtown Raleigh. As of the 2015–2016 school year, the school's 4-year graduation rate was 95%. On December 5, 2008, U. S. News & World Report ranked Raleigh Charter the 20th best high school in the country. In 2005 Raleigh Charter High School was named the ninth best public high school in the nation by Newsweek magazine based on the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests, it was rated 18 in 2006 and 2007, respectively. In 2003, 99 percent of tenth grade students at Raleigh Charter High School met or exceeded the requirements of the North Carolina End-of-Course Tests.
For five years Raleigh Charter's students have been well ahead the state's high schools in EOC scores. In addition everyone in the senior class of 2004 was accepted into college. In the College Board's AP Report for 2005, Raleigh Charter High School had the highest percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on the Environmental Science AP Test for medium-sized schools in the world; the school posted the highest average SAT score in the Raleigh Durham area: of 1861 with 100% of students taking the test. Raleigh Charter offers a variety of varsity sports, competing in the 1A division of sports sanctioned by the NCHSAA: Cross Country Varsity Golf Varsity Men's and Women's Basketball Varsity Men's and Women's Soccer Junior Varsity Men's Soccer Men's and Women's Swimming Men's and Women's Tennis Track and Field VolleyballRowing and Ultimate, among others, are offered as club sports. Cross-Country 2015 State Men's Cross-Country Champion 2015 State Women's Cross-Country Champion Tennis 2015 State Men's Tennis Champion 2016 State Men's Tennis Champion 2009 State Women's Tennis Championship Runner-Up 2013 State Women's Tennis Champion 2015 State Women's Tennis Championship Runner-Up Soccer 2007 State Women's Soccer Champion 2009 State Women's Soccer Championship Runner-Up 2013 State Women's Soccer Championship Runner-Up 2015 State Women's Soccer Champion Swimming 2010 State Women's Swimming Champion 2011 State Women's Swimming Champion 2012 State Women's Swimming Champion 2013 State Women's Swimming Champion 2014 State Women's Swimming Champion 2015 State Women's Swimming Champion 2016 State Women's Swimming Championship Runner-Up /> 2018 State Men's and Women's Swimming Champion Volleyball 2012 State Championship Runner-Up 2013 State Championship Runner-Up The Raleigh Charter Science Olympiad team first appeared at the national tournament in 2004, after winning the North Carolina state championship.
They appeared at the national tournament in ten of the following fourteen years, winning the state championship four times and being the state runner-up six times in that period. At the national tournament Raleigh Charter has achieved moderate success, placing as high as 12th, 11th and 15th in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively. James Kotecki, 2004 – A political video blogger. Jacob Tobia, 2010 – author, television producer and host, LGBTQ rights activist Raleigh Charter High School website US Department of Education: The Education Innovator The North Carolina Report Card Raleigh Charter Quiz Bowl Team
Wake County Public School System
The Wake County Public School System is a public school district located in Wake County, North Carolina. With 159,549 students enrolled in 187 schools as of the 2018-19 School year with seven new ones being built, it is the largest public school district in North Carolina and the 15th largest district in the United States; the current school system is the result of a 1976 merger between the previous Wake County school system and the former Raleigh City schools. The merger was proposed by business leaders in the early 1970s out of concerns that continued "white flight" from Raleigh's inner-city schools would negatively impact the county's overall economy. Political and educational leaders hoped that merging the two systems would ease court-mandated desegregation; the proposal proved unpopular with residents, who rejected it by a 3-1 margin in a non-binding referendum in 1973. School and business leaders instead convinced the North Carolina General Assembly to force the merger; the district since has become notable for its integration efforts.
Schools in the system are integrated based on the income levels reported by families on applications for federally subsidized school lunches, with the goal of having a maximum ratio of 40% low-income students at any one school. Thousands of suburban students are bused to magnet schools in poorer areas—and low-income students to suburban schools—to help maintain this income balance. Magnet schools are characterized as being public schools that specialize in a particular area, such as science or the arts, to encourage desegregation by drawing students from multiple neighbourhood and districts to the same school. Professor Gerald Grant of Syracuse University used Wake County as a metaphor of hope in his 2009 book Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh. Grant says, "The research is clear that having the right mix of kids socioeconomically, as Wake County does, has enormous benefits for poor kids without hurting rich kids." According to U. S. News and World Report, in 2005, 63.8% of low-income students in Wake County passed the state's end of high school exams, higher than surrounding counties that do not have similar integration policies.
The county's residents are divided in their support for the system's integration program due to some of the means of achieving that integration, such as long bus rides for many students and a lack of neighbourhood schools. Despite improved integration, test results among poorer students continue to lag: for the 2007-2008 school year, only 18% of the district's schools met the adequate yearly progress goals of the No Child Left Behind Act, with only 71 percent passing state standardised tests. Due to the recent U. S. Supreme Court ruling restricting the use of race in assigning students, Wake has been cited as a model for how other school systems can still maintain diversity in enrollment. In the effort to maintain economic diversity and keep up with rapid growth in its student population, Wake reassigns thousands of students each year to different schools. Many parents object to this annual shuffle. For the 2008-09 school year, for example, the school district has stated that it will reassign some 6,464 students in order to affect a new system-wide policy designed to help schools in the same geographic area achieve similar economic demographics.
This wave of changes will require the reassignment of many low-income students to schools that have greater proportion of higher-income students. In February 2009, the school board approved a plan that would move 24,654 students to different schools over the next three years); the newly elected board gained a 5:4 Republican majority and was successful in overturning the integration policy, operating in Wake County for years. There are 171 public schools in the system, consisting of 104 elementary, 33 Middle, 26 High, 4 special/optional schools. With numerous new schools opening each year, the school board names new schools for a geographic feature or for road where they are located or for the geographic area they serve; the board, has tried to avoid naming schools after nearby subdivisions because such names may lead some residents to believe that the school is the "neighbourhood school." Unlike earlier times, schools are no longer named after people, which has proven to be controversial in the past.
Schools named prior to the current naming policy, retain their existing non-geographic names. The Wake County Public School System made headlines in 2006 and 2007 for converting 19 elementary schools and three middle schools to a mandatory year-round calendar, it put more than a third of the elementary schools on the year-round calendar starting in July 2007. The decision was unpopular with some families who argued that the calendar switch should've been voluntary; the switch to a year-round calendar in many schools has led to some unanticipated needs. For example, PTA chapters at some of the affected schools have considered the purchase of sun shades for playgrounds to provide shelter for students during North Carolina's hot and humid summer months. A group of parents sued to block the school system from converting the schools. In May 2007, Judge Howard Manning ruled that the school system may offer a year-round calendar, but that it must obtain informed consent from a student's parents before assigning the students to a year-round school.
9% of the affected students did not consent and were assigned to a traditional calendar school. As a result, many year-round