Stand4Spingarn

Stand4Spingarn

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Stand4Spingarn started this petition to Mayor Muriel Bowser and

This petition is being created for all to Stand4Spingarn. Joel Ellis Spingarn High School was established in 1952 by the late great Joel Ellis Spingarn for the purpose of educating, housing and affording African American students an opportunity to have an education during the final period of school racial segregation in Washington, D.C. Spingarn was a thriving and vibrant high school who've housed some of the most affluent African American athletes of all times, such as Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Mike Castro, Ahmad Conner, Khalif Dandy, Eric Dortch-Jones, Sherman Douglas, Earl Jones, Malk Sneed, John Tresvant and Stan Washington. These are our legends that walked the same halls, played in the same gym, sat in the same seats and breathed the same air as we did as an Alumni. In 2013 Spingarn High School hosted its last basketball game ousting many children in the neighborhood the same opportunity as we experienced during our tenure. Vincent Gray (former Mayor and current City Council Member Ward 7), coupled with former Chancellor Kaya Henderson and others elected to close Spingarn doors forever sighting funding issues and low enrollment. Upon shutting out many opportunities for African American children, the school is still abandoned with no future plans offered by the Government to reopen for any purpose. Many YouTube videos have surfaced showing major deterioration's and neglect by the District of Columbia Government for not preserving and protecting this Historical landmark from vandals, major deterioration, culture, and prize possessions, Spingarn has broken widows (until boarded up recently), unlocked doors, (which are now locked after our first meet-up), pools of sitting water in the gym and classrooms, paint is peeling off the walls, mole infested and championship banners still hang as if they they never mattered. One pertinent question still remains, where are our trophies and original school records? Were they ignored as our school, children and the community? . Many are petitioning for Spingarn to become a shelter or a charter school, the Alumni strongly disagree with both. Stand4Spingarn is petitioning the City Government for the reopening of our school as one of the greatest if not the greatest high school in Washington, DC with state of the art equipment including science and technology labs that will attract many children from all races. Our City leaders have failed us, our children and their children when they stripped us the opportunity to keep our school open instead of building an over budget failed trolley system which cost roughly $200 million dollars and the renovation of other DC schools which cost the City over an additional 1 billion dollars. Alumni, they closed Spingarn sighting low budget issues and low enrollment and yet they continued spending money on other matters and renovating schools in other districts which attracted students to those districts and distracted students from the great Joel Ellis Spingarn high school. I am asking for the entire Joel Ellis Spingarn Alumni body to sign the Stand4Spingan petition in hopes of getting our school reopened.  

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