Dr. Mae Jemison cuts ribbon at ceremony for namesake Dr. Mae Jemison High School, Huntsville, Alabama on Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016. (Bob Gathany/bgathany@AL.com)
By: Bob Gathany
Huntsville city schools honored Dr. Mae Jemison by naming a very beautiful new high school located at 2500 Pulaski Pike in Huntsville after her. Tuesday morning, Aug. 2 2016, Dr. Jemison cut the ribbon on the new 9-12 school that will also offer students an opportunity to complete up to 60 hours of college credit while still in high school.
The new campus will offer students the opportunity to concentrate on cyber security studies and advanced manufacturing techniques using a 3-D titanium printer. This high tech school will have keycard access doors, high def security and a tornado shelter in the gym.
“Just as for so many people, high school was critical to the person I am today. With the state-of-the-art facilities and the dedicated, skilled teachers and administrators I believe the commitment that Huntsville has made by building a school like Jemison High School will serve as a model to other educators and school systems to create a first-rate education for today’s students.”
Dr. Jemison is a former astronaut, a physician, an entrepreneur and educator. She is the principal of 100 Year Starship, offering a unique experimental curriculum that challenges high school students to solve current global dilemmas.
Dr. Jemison, who was born in Decatur, Ala., studied chemical engineering at Stanford University and obtained a medical degree form Cornell University. She spent time in Sierra Leone and Liberia as a Peace Corps Medical Officer. In 1987, Dr. Jemison was selected by NASA for the astronaut training program and flew in 1992 on space shuttle Endeavour as a science mission specialist. She was the first African-American woman travel in space.
She has set a high bar for the students of Jemison High School. Her achievements should inspire and motivate students in the Huntsville School system to avail themselves of the opportunities offered at her namesake high school.
Dr. Mae Jemison at ribbon cutting ceremony for Dr. Mae Jemison High School, Huntsville, Alabama on Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016. (Bob Gathany/bgathany@AL.com)