I am writing to correct a misunderstanding in the Oct. 26 article about the city School Board considering the possibility of creating a second high school at the Minnie Howard campus (“New High School?”).
What happened in 1971 was not an integration but a consolidation of three high schools that had already been integrated several years earlier.
T.C. Williams High was fully integrated when it opened in the fall of 1965. George Washington High and Francis C. Hammond High were also integrated at that time. The controversial consolidation plan of 1971 was an attempt to bring racial balance and to improve the secondary school curriculum. The media continues to have problems grasping the chronology of these events. Too many people are getting their history lessons from that silly and historically inaccurate Disney farce of a move “Remember the Titans.”
Gregory G. Paspatis
T.C. Williams High
Class of 1978