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Historical Booker T. Washington High School Holds Scholarship Events over MLK Holiday Weekend


By:  Tecia Marshall

January 15, 2015


Memphis, TN – Booker T. Washington High School, Memphis, Tennessee, announces its 2015 Warrior Weekend of events.  The weekend will consist of various engaging and remarkable events that bring alumni, current students, faculty, staff and the entire community together to raise money for the scholarship fund.

Warrior Weekend will be held from Friday, January 16 through Monday, January 19, 2015.  Events include a meet and greet, alumni gala, alumni basketball game, a 5K walk/run, prayer breakfast, talent showcase and a culminating event commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although it is titled, “Warrior Weekend” anyone is welcome to join the festivities.  All-inclusive tickets are $100 and individual event tickets are available as well.


About Booker T. Washington High School, Memphis, TN

Clay Street School originated in 1873 and was the first all brick building for “the colored of Memphis”.  Black citizens succeeded in staffing the entire school with black teachers.  Soon afterward, Clay School was renamed Kortrecht Grammar School, and then Kortrecht High School in 1891.  The first Memphis Black High School class graduated in 1891.

In 1911 the Memphis Board of Education decided that a new school was needed to replace the old and inadequate Kortrecht High School. At this time Kortrecht was the city’s only Black public high school.  Thus every Black graduate in Memphis was an alumnus of Kortrecht school.  In 1926 Kortrecht High school became Booker T. Washington in another new building.

Booker T. Washington now Middle and High School is a public secondary school located in South Memphis. Part of the Shelby County Schools district, it serves grades 6-12. BTW’s mission is for students to become equipped with the intellectual, technological and social skills that will allow them to exceed the expectations of state and national standards.  The school gained national attention when U.S. President, Barack Obama delivered the school’s 2011 commencement address as a reward for winning the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.  Notable alumni include WREG news anchor Claudia Barr, Earth, Wind & Fire member, Maurice White, Willie Gregory of Nike, TN, Fred Jones, founder of The Southern Heritage Classic and the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks.


To learn more about this weekend of events, contact:


Booker T. Washington Middle & High School

715 S. Lauderdale St. | Memphis, TN. 38126

Office: (901) 416-7240 | Cell:  (901) 864-8660 | Fax: (901) 416-7244

















CALL 901-416-7240!



BTW Blood Drive

April 25, 2012

For Immediate Release




Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10

WKNO-TV/Channel 10 will premiere a new documentary, American Graduate: The Tennessee Story, on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam, the half-hour documentary was produced collaboratively by three of Tennessee’s public television stations and will air statewide.

A local companion to a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), American Graduate: The Tennessee Story features three different stories of impact from across the state. The local broadcast is sponsored by Lane College in Jackson.

The high school dropout rate is a significant problem in the U.S. and in Tennessee. In 2010, more than 28,000 students dropped out of high school in our state.  Only 21% of Tennesseans have a college degree, as compared to 30% nationally.

High school dropouts cost the country more than $300 billion a year in lost wages, taxes and productivity, which can lead to a rise in crime, homelessness and substance abuse. This lost potential will have huge impact on our economy, healthcare costs, workforce and global competitiveness for decades to come.

In our first story, WCTE/PBS introduces us to Cynthia Fitzgerald. Born and raised in a Nashville housing project, Cynthia was encouraged by a high school counselor to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. Today Cynthia is an accomplished attorney and along with her husband, Coach Maurice Fitzgerald, spends almost every Saturday with hundreds of inner youth and their parents preparing for college in a program they’ve developed called “In Full Motion.”

Our second story takes us into East Tennessee, where the Loudon County United Way funded a program to provide a graduation coach to high-risk students. East Tennessee PBS captures the story of graduation coach Sandra Towns, and how she is providing students with a new level of support and in-school advocacy.

WKNO/PBS in Memphis focuses on the story of a college freshman, Christopher Dean. What Chris and other students at Booker T. Washington High School had to overcome in order to graduate got the attention of a lot of people, including the President of the United States.

“These stories belong to all of us,” says First Lady Crissy Haslam. “It may not be your child but it is someone’s child – and our state is at risk.”

About American Graduate

The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming. Targeting communities with highest dropout rates, the initiative also increases local engagement and action through collaborations and partnerships, and increases student engagement through teacher professional development and classroom curricula. Public radio and television stations – locally owned and operated – reach 99% of the country over the air, have built models for successful intervention in early learning, and have deep connections in the communities they serve. Nearly 300 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate and CPB is partnering with America’s Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More information at AmericanGraduate.org.

President Obama’s Race to the Top Commencement Special 2011 featuring Memphis’ Booker T. Washington HS premieres tomorrow, 6/7 on MTV2 @ 8am. Additional airings announced soon.