Harding community rose to challenges


During this season of teacher appreciation, it is fitting to recognize a very special group of educators – the teaching and support staff at Warren G. Harding High School. In March our community endured a terrible tragedy which claimed the lives of six young people. Our school was significantly impacted as three of the kids; Kirklan Behner, Brandon Murray, and Ramone White were all members of our freshmen class.

The staff was not certain how our surviving students would initially respond to this unfortunate incident, but were certain that because of the central role the school plays in the lives of our kids that the emotion would be raw and would require an adequate response when the students returned to school the following day. I was amazed, but not surprised at the patient, supportive and empathetic response of the entire school staff. We were fortunate to have counseling support from within and outside of our district to help in those delicate days and it was humbling to hear many of them say, “you really do not need us here because your staff is doing and saying, exactly what I would do and say.” Some staff members allowed their emotions to rise to the surface as they cried with, laughed with, reminisced with and just listened to the students who were most impacted. Other teachers had to hold their own emotions in check, put on their game faces and administer the Ohio Graduation Test throughout that entire week. The staff also demonstrated their exceptionality by, along with the staff and students at TCTC, donating more than $1,200 that went directly to those families in their time of need.

It is no secret that WGH students have access to the most comprehensive slate of advanced course offerings in the area, can compete in athletic programs second to none and have access to acclaimed co-curricular & extra-curricular activities. Our community also can be assured that in addition to these great attributes our students are served by an amazing group of educators who are sincerely concerned about and supportive of their personal well-being as well as their academic success. Hats off to a truly A+ staff!

Dante A. Capers, principal Warren G. Harding High School