Richard Montgomery opened a new $71 million building following the end of students' 2007 winter break. Located in a very blue county in a blue state, RM has a liberal. 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The first class of twelve seniors graduated in 1897. Shay, who has worked for MCPS for nearly 30 years, will now compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year. ROCKVILLE, MD — Eight Rockville students have been named winners of the 2019 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Roy Lester, who coached at the University of Maryland from 1969 to 1971, died at the age of 96 on Sunday due to complications from the coronavirus, his family announced. But we should not prioritize the emotions of people who are scared to lose their positions of power over those who are fighting the fact that our schools, cities, and country persist in tacitly celebrating the lives of slaveholders. Interested in getting involved? Richard Montgomery High School (RMHS) (#201) is a secondary public school located in Rockville, Maryland. It's atrocious. The new facilities lack the capability to access older forms of media, such as material on VHS and photographic slides; however, teachers sometimes bring in their own video players to rectify the problem. “You cannot imagine an anti-racist future that at the same time includes racist mascots or the names of Confederate generals and politicians on our buildings and in our public squares,” said Dr. Fernandez. So why not honor those who have made a positive difference in their community rather than those who perpetuated white supremacy? And it doesn’t help that our president is constantly stoking cultural divisions and political tension, “I am sick of all this stuff!! Comments. Joy J. It is a five-year program designed for students in grades 6–10, and all Richard Montgomery students participate regardless of whether they are in the IB program or whether they participated in middle school. The petition comes a little over a week after Richard Montgomery High School students launched a similar initiative that garnered over 3,100 signatures. Generally speaking, it is people with power and privilege who get to name schools, buildings, and streets, explained Dr. Fernandez. It could be tied to a larger sense of losing one’s place in society.”. Even though he never set foot in current-day Montgomery County, the county also is named after him. It was first established in 1892 as "Rockville High School", when the state Board of Education first allocated funds to local school to educate high school students. “For some people, the emotions of it overtake the knowledge of how harmful some of these names can be,” Dr. Fernandez said. Richard Montgomery High School is the oldest public high school in Montgomery County. When “Rockville Colored High School” opened in 1935 at Lincoln School in Lincoln Park, the School Board officially renamed the school for white students “Richard Montgomery High School.” Five years later, a fire destroyed the old building. !” Phyllis Winchester commented on the petition. [16], On June 10, 2008, Montgomery County Public Schools announced that Carrasco had been named the new director of secondary leadership training. The Richard Montgomery boys were one of those teams that qualified for the state semifinals, making Montgomery County’s announcement harder to process for Coach David Breslaw and his players. [3] This also serves as a continuation of the final two years of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). If you are going into AB Calculus or IBSL Math, complete problems #1 → 15. It takes pride in being able to serve, with quality in the educational, social, and cultural fronts, its diverse student population, thus being its own small universe within the boundaries of Montgomery County. Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, Maryland. The school was renamed Richard Montgomery High School in 1935. In repeating them daily, we also repeat the most violent parts of our history in casual conversations with our friends, family, and neighbors. The new building features wireless internet for the teachers which has since been opened to student access, LCD projectors in every classroom, dozens of Promethean interactive whiteboards and learner response devices, a modern auditorium, and a recording and TV studio. The name, later shortened to “Rockets,” is now used by all RMHS teams. [23] In 2006, they won the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Chicago. Although he never set foot in modern-day Montgomery County, it was named after him. There are numerous counties, including the one RM is in, and towns in different states named after him, most notably Montgomery, AL, the city where Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger. According to the Richard Montgomery website, Richard Montgomery was originally named Rockville High School until 1935, when it was renamed Richard Montgomery to distinguish it from Rockville Colored High School during the segregation era. Lester's two-year stint leading the Terrapins wasn't as fruitful as his run as a high school coach at Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. [6] In June 2002, it won its first award in National Scholastic Championship at George Washington University. The marching band, the Marching Rockets, is also a part of football season. All lives matter!!! Three people were injured as entire city blocks were ravaged by the. More than 2,500 people have signed an online petition that is calling for officials to rename Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. The petition comes a little over a week after Richard Montgomery High School students launched a similar initiative that garnered over 3,100 signatures. Still, some people argue that as long as we are working toward larger change, symbolic acts like name changes can and should play a role in the racial justice movement. So why, exactly, are we honoring slave owners on every corner? The push to change RM’s name started when students from the school’s Super Political Activism Club (Super PAC), founded after the 2016 election, “We don’t feel like that represents our community anymore,” Isabelle Scholes-Young ‘20, a cofounder of Super PAC, told Refinery29 about the name Richard Montgomery. The school was named Rockville High School up until 1935, when it was re-named Richard Montgomery High School to distinguish it from Rockville Colored High School during the segregation era. After graduating from the aforementioned Richard Montgomery High School, I went to George Washington University, in the city of Washington, both named after our first president — who established the U.S. Constitution and federal government, but also had no qualms about treating humans as property until the very end of his life. While the renaming movement feels both overdue and inevitable, it is also meeting resistance. According to the Montgomery County Government website, Shannon was born in the District and educated in the DC public school system, graduating as Valedictorian of her high school class. [24], Richard Montgomery's International Space Settlement Design Competition team won the 2008 cycle in Houston, Texas.[25]. Petition details. No. English: Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, was originally named Rockville High School, and opened in 1892. Richard Montgomery High School Educator Named MCPS Teacher of the Year Nancy Shay, an English resource teacher at Richard Montgomery High School has been named the 2017–2018 MCPS Teacher of the Year. She compared the name change to the, Lack of generational wealth, police violence, a high maternal mortality rate, and many other issues affect Black Americans on a daily basis much more than names of schools and streets. In … Students at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, are circulating a petition to change their school’s name over its ties to slavery and racism. Montgomery’s life was not all that aspirational, as far as namesakes are concerned: The Irish major general is most known for leading the unsuccessful 1775 invasion of Canada during the American Revolutionary War. This is a list of places named for Richard Montgomery, a major general of the Continental Army killed in the 1775 Battle of Quebec.. Cities: Montgomery, Alabama (The city was named for Richard Montgomery, but Montgomery County, Alabama, in which it is located, was named for Major Lemuel P. Although he never set foot in modern-day Montgomery County, it was named after him. Shay, who has worked for MCPS for nearly 30 years, will now High School Insider is a user-generated content website that enables students to post their stories and report on issues that matter to them and their communities. Both Magruder and Richard Montgomery high schools were among the six local schools identified by a review group as being named after slave owners. Montgomery was born in Ireland, immigrated to New York and … [citation needed], Richard Montgomery has its own student newspaper, The Tide,[21] and a student literary magazine, Fine Lines. A Chinese citizen journalist who began independently documenting Wuhan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic from February to May was sentenced to four, After an 11th hour public tantrum and threatening his own party with a veto, outgoing President Donald Trump signed the second COVID-19 relief package, avo, Trump Is Willing To Protect Monuments Over People, Trump Called Black Lives Matter A "Symbol Of Hate", Inside The Racist TikTok Controversy In Chappaqua. Through HS Insider, students are provided the opportunity to join a network of more than 300 schools, attend conferences, apply for internships and reach thousands with their reporting. When “Rockville Colored High School” opened in 1935 at Lincoln School in Lincoln Park, the School Board officially renamed the school for white students “Richard Montgomery High School.” Five years later, a fire destroyed the old building. But, there is a long history in the United States of naming public buildings after prominent white men. “Ok snowflakes, if you want to do this then you'd better change the name of Montgomery County next!” wrote “Emily S.”, The idea “Emily S.” mentioned is not as absurd as she probably imagines it to be. Interested in getting involved? Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, bears his name, itself located in the county named after him Montgomery County. Richard Montgomery served in the British army from 1756 to 1773. Richard Montgomery High School won the 2003 Blue Ribbon in Education Award by the United States Department of Education. Additionally, ... Named for Richard Montgomery, it stands beside the Alabama River, on the coastal Plain of the Gulf of Mexico. In the 2010 Census, Montgomery's population was 205,764. The school was named Rockville High School up until 1935, when it was re-named Richard Montgomery High School to distinguish it from Rockville Colored High School during the segregation era. My family would be over the moon to have the school named for her,” Kathryn Walters wrote in the. It’s possible that what they are actually mourning is a perceived loss of their own privilege. Richard Montgomery High School was originally named Rockville High School in 1892 when it opened. The high school was initially known as Rockville High School when first founded in 1892. Join us in urging the RMHS administration to ask the MCPS Board of Education to change our school’s name and replace it with namesake that better represents our values. December 25 COVID-19’s impact on the winter holidays. Mr. Price: Honors US History A Team Member Names: Alex King, DC Noche, Aubree Herron, Amanuel Hallie The Third Immigration Wave Exploration Directions: Explore the following timelines, to examine the extent to which Chinese and Jewish … To understand why people feel passionate about changing these names, you have to first consider why institutions and landmarks have names in the first place. Through HS Insider, students are provided the opportunity to join a network of more than 300 schools, attend conferences, apply for internships and reach thousands with their reporting. Carrasco went on extended sick leave. So why is it normalized for Black students to go to schools named after people who didn’t see us as human?” RM alum Crystal Foretia '19 told Refinery29. December 26 December letter from your Editors-in-Chief. The question is, why not now?”. About Richard Montgomery. “I really do think we have to be open to these ideas,”. Join us in urging the RMHS administration to ask the MCPS Board of Education to change our school’s name and replace it with namesake that better represents our values. 1.9K likes. Quick Facts. The committee could still pick a different name from the three suggested, but Scholes-Young said the students tried to offer a mix of people who “represented the community, who were active advocates and passionate leaders.” She added that the decision-making is still in its early stages. [22], Richard Montgomery's quizbowl team (known as It's Academic) won the National Scholastics Championship in 2002. “I don’t think a lot of people truly care about Robert E. Lee today. Richard Montgomery has also had multiple Marian Greenblatt Education Fund award winner teachers. Together with another student, he also worked nights and weekends on a Black History Month presentation documenting the rich history of Black music so that it would finally get its moment. Freda has been at Richard Montgomery HS since 2007 and has been the schools Athletic Director since 2010. Both Magruder and Richard Montgomery high schools were among the six local schools identified by a review group as being named after slave owners. While she supports changing RM’s name, Foretia said that she hopes the larger, more urgent conversation about structural change doesn’t get lost. “We are not bound for all eternity to maintain a name or a sculpture,” he added. But I still think it’s a sense of loss for many of them. There is a good chance that the schools you attended, the town where you live, and possibly even your street are named after slave owners, or otherwise tinged with our history of imperialism and violence. You take Lee Highway to Leesburg Pike to get to Leesburg, and your child attends Lees Corner Elementary School. Replacement school buildings opened in 1942 and 2007. They subsequently published a letter from the administration that details initiatives the school plans to undertake “to achieve the goal of creating an explicitly anti-racist culture at RMHS.” This includes the development of five anti-racist workgroups, as well as a thorough review of the curriculum and policies. Incoming freshmen who have been accepted into the IB program are first enrolled in a special two-year program consisting of courses designed to prepare them for more vigorous IB courses they will take in their junior and senior years. Montgomery Place, a mansion in Barrytown, New York, was constructed in 1803 and named in his honor by his widow. December 29 Sexuality & Gender Alliance perseveres through online challenges. Georgia is the “center of the political universe right now,” Way to Win president and cofounder Tory Gavito tells us in a conversation about the state? Do you think that there was any significance in the choice to name Richard Montgomery High School after a slaveowner to distinguish it as a high school that, at the time, was separate from the “colored” Rockville high school? According to the Richard Montgomery website, Richard Montgomery was originally named Rockville High School until 1935, when it was renamed Richard Montgomery to distinguish it from Rockville Colored High School during the segregation era. Pages 3. An addition was built in 1917, expanding the school to 19 classrooms. For Rodgers and many others, these experiences are part of the same culture that is at best unconcerned about the name Richard Montgomery, and dismantling that culture is a big part of fighting for the name to be changed. Richard Montgomery High School teacher Nancy Shay was named the 2017–2018 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Teacher of the Year.Shay, who has worked for MCPS for nearly 30 years, was named Teacher of the Year during the 15th annual Champions for Children Awards Celebration, an event honoring excellence in education. Reasons for signing. [10], The building was completed in 1942 at 49,167 sq ft (4,567.8 m2), after a fire destroyed the old high school in 1940. Now does seem like a good time, given the huge political and activist momentum of the current uprising. That sense of loss is a powerful feeling that can lead to an inability to see beyond their own experience. “Lillian Brown was my Sunday school teacher. But, a, RM’s name-change proposal comes amid a long-overdue national conversation about names and monuments, which is happening as a result of the mass civil rights and racial justice uprising sparked by the police killings of Black people, including. While renaming schools and highways is not a replacement for justice, it can be part of it. Join us in urging the RMHS administration to ask the MCPS Board of Education to change our school’s name and replace it with namesake that better represents our values. No. Gue... Oh No, Nikki Haley Is Upset About “Mainstream” Socialism. Mike Rodgers '02 remembers how hard he and other Black students worked to lobby the school for an African-American History class and finally got one as an elective. In April 2008 stories appeared in the Washington Post,[12] the Montgomery County Gazette,[13] and the Montgomery Sentinel,[14] alleging that the school principal, Moreno Carrasco, had been running a private business on school time and was using materials that appeared to be plagiarized from a seminar that he had attended at school district expense. [5], In 2007, Richard Montgomery was featured in Newsweek magazine as the 27th highest-rated high school in the nation. Does This Mean We Won’t... petitioning for the school board to change it, calling the words “Black Lives Matter” a “symbol of hate”, Black Lives Matter murals being painted on streets. More than 4,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to rename Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Richard Montgomery High School Educator Named MCPS Teacher of the Year Nancy Shay, an English resource teacher at Richard Montgomery High School has been named the 2017–2018 MCPS Teacher of the Year. Richard Montgomery High School A 3.75% fee will be added to the purchase price as a site service for all school purchases made by credit card. Why Is There Any Hesitation To Call Anthony Quinn Warner A Suicid... “Georgia Is The Future”: Meet The Women Working To Fl... A Journalist Who Criticized China’s COVID-19 Response Was S... Trump Signed The COVID Relief Bill. A new school building opened in 1905 at East Montgomery Avenue and Monroe Street. 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