School Named in Honor of Shaw Trustee and Alumnus
September 27, 2012 – Shaw University Trustee and alumnus Dr. John
H. Lucas ‘40, was recently honored at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lucas
Middle School in Durham, NC. The school was named in honor of Dr. Lucas who served
as Shaw’s interim president from 1986 to 1987.
guests, Lucas Middle School Principal, the Superintendent of Durham Public
Schools, Board of Education members and the Chairman of the Durham County
Commissioners took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official
opening of the newly constructed middle school.
Also in attendance were family members and friends of the Lucas
state-of-the-art school bears the name of longtime Durham educator Dr. Lucas
and the late Senator Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, a staunch supporter of education in
Durham and the first black woman to serve in the North Carolina Senate.
of both Dr. Lucas and Senator Lucas were recognized during the ceremony. Dr. Lucas shared his thoughts on having a
school named in his honor while Deborah Breese, the niece of Senator Jeanne
Lucas, gave remarks on her family’s behalf.
Middle School will employ Project Based Learning as an interdisciplinary
instructional focus and is equipped with cutting-edge technology including
wired and wireless infrastructure, cable and BrightLink interactive technology
in all classrooms.
Portions of this story originally appeared on www.dpsnc.net. Photo courtesy of Durham Herald Sun.