Saturday, November 12, 2011
Lanier High School Celebrates 50 Years
Fast forward to 2011. The farmland is pretty much gone, except that Mr. Oropez, a former principal, tells me that there is a farm on campus. Lanier High School has been transformed from an agricultural school into the most ethnically diverse high school in the district, with students from more than 50 countries represented. I know that Lanier prides itself on diversity and acceptance, and in that sense, it is a model for the future of our district.
The rich diversity at Lanier offers experiences and opportunities for students that will help prepare them for the future in a global economy. I can’t think of a better way for a high school student to develop both an appreciation of the rich diversity of our world than to have friends from different backgrounds and cultures. Exposure to other languages, foods, and traditions at this age opens doors to a life in which a person can appreciate differences and reach out to others throughout the world. This will be critical in a global economy.
So as we AISD work to prepare our students for college, career and life in a global economy, I want to thank the staff, parents and students, past and present, of Lanier for your contributions to our rich and diverse district. Congratulations to the Vikings for 50 great years. We look forward to another five decades of progress and promise.