POSTED: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 6:04am
Baton Rouge, La — On Tuesday, November 13, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel.
In September, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized McKinley Middle for the second time as an educational site to be awarded National Blue Ribbon status. In all, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) has nine Blue Ribbon Schools but 11 Blue Ribbon Awards (Baton Rouge Magnet High School also has received the award twice).
McKinley Middle School was one of only five schools in the state to receive the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award and the only school in this area of the state to be recognized for this national distinction.
EBRPSS’ nine Blue Ribbon Schools are: Baton Rouge Magnet High – 1983 and 2003, Forest Heights Academy of Excellence (elementary) - 2008, Glasgow Middle - 2007, McKinley Middle – 1984 (and now 2012), Northeast Elementary (1994), Ryan Elementary - 2010, Shenandoah Elementary - 2006, Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet – 2009 and Westdale Heights Academic Magnet (elementary) - 2008.