|Updated: 9/04/2012 10:26 am
||Published: 9/01/2012 11:04 pm
Booker T. Washington is celebrating 100 years of history.
Graduates, both young and old share something: a sense of accomplishment, a sense of pride.
"As a kid I always wanted to be a Hornet, always wanted to be a Hornet," said Olympic Gold Medalist Kenny Monday.
"I love this school, with all my might. I do, I do, I do," said Sabrina Goodwin-Monday.
For years, Booker T. Washington high school was the only option for African Americans. However, in 1973, 16 years after the Little Rock nine integrated in Arkansas. Booker T. did the same through V.I.P., the schools voluntary integration program. A teacher at the time, Don Barnum was part of that effort.
"The first year, we really worked hard to get our numbers and we didn't quite reach it, but the second and third year we had a waiting list," said Barnum.
Principal James Furch said years later, students are still waiting for acceptance.
"I tell students all the time you have the opportunity to have one of the best educations in the country, and you don't have to pay for it; it’s free," said Furch.
"I think when brilliant minds from diverse backgrounds come together you make magic happen," said Goodwin-Monday.
Booker T will be celebrating its 100 years all year long.