douglass high school

5:01 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Douglass High School receives $1.5M to improve programs

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Federal education funds are going toward an enhanced immersion program and community partnerships to help some of Columbia’s most educationally at-risk students.

Frederick Douglass High School is among 14 schools across the state receiving funding from the federal School Improvement Grants program. The award includes $1.5 million to Douglass High School for use over three years.

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5:32 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Reducing high school dropout numbers (rebroadcast)

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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8:10 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Douglass High celebrates largest graduating class since becoming desegregated

Seventy two students received their diplomas on Saturday, May 18, as Douglass High School celebrated its largest graduating class since becoming a desegregated high school in the 1980s.
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Columbia’s Frederick H. Douglass High School celebrated its largest graduating class since the building reopened as a desegregated high school in the 1980s.  

“This day, we celebrate the triumph and determination and hope of, hear this number, people, 72 graduates,” Douglass principal Eryca Neville announced to a roaring auditorium, packed full of proud family and friends. 

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12:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Many high school dropouts in Columbia lack food, shelter

The dropout rate at Douglass High School is much worse than other schools in the area, but students there deal with very different life circumstances, too.
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  This week on Intersection, Douglass Principal Eryca Neville and Youth Empowerment Zone Director Lorenzo Lawson spoke about why students drop out. Many times it’s a lot simpler than you’d expect: Kids are lacking basic needs most take for granted, like housing and food.

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9:36 am
Wed April 17, 2013

How can Columbia stop high school students from dropping out?

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This is the very first episode of CoMo Explained, a new podcast from the KBIA newsroom that breaks down the big news of the day and explains how Columbia works.

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6:07 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Reducing high school dropout numbers

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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10:57 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Vegetables, vegetables everywhere, but not enough to eat [INFOGRAPHIC]

A student’s tray full of food looks nearly the same as when it was purchased seconds before it is dumped into a trash can during lunch in New Franklin, Mo., Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. School officials are trying new strategies to combat the increase in waste
Chelsea Stuart KBIA

Like the old joke about restaurant complaints (“The food is awful, and the portions are so small!”), kids across the country are complaining their school lunches have too many fruits and vegetables, and they’re leaving lunch hungry.

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5:45 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

New program at Douglass High School makes sure older kids don't get left behind

ELL Teacher Karen Cottrell observes her students at Douglass High School. Cottrell is new to the district this year, and is helping lift the pilot Douglass Academy program off the ground.
Ryan Schuessler KBIA

Columbia Public Schools is implementing a new program at Douglass High School designed to help at risk students graduate with the skills they need to join the workforce. It’s called Douglas Academy, and is catered to older students who enter the school system late and would be left behind by the traditional path to graduation. 

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Off the Clock
1:54 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Second chance, first opportunity through basketball

Douglass High School senior Chartez Westbrook, 19, dribbles up the court during the Class 2 District 7 quarterfinals against Salisbury in Sturgeon on March 1.
Matt Veto KBIA

This week we hit the basketball court for a story about how, sometimes, the game can take on a deeper meaning. And stay tuned till the end of the show, where we have a new Sonic ID, this time from Speaker’s Circle.

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