Dr. Mae Jemison Cuts Ribbon on New City High School


August 2, 2016


Dr. Mae Jemison, physician, chemical engineer, entrepreneur, educator and the first woman of color to orbit the Earth today cut the ribbon on the new Huntsville high school named after her located at 2500 Pulaski Pike.

The ceremony at the Dr. Mae Jemison High School officially marks the opening of the new school and a new chapter in Huntsville education.  Jemison High will have some of the best educational opportunities found anywhere, with a variety of career academies including cyber security and advanced manufacturing, complete with a titanium 3-D printer.  The campus also has a 0.9 mile Greenpower racetrack where students will learn how to design, build and race electric cars.

In addition, the school will host a college academy, where students are taught by university instructors and will graduate high school with 60 hours of college credit. The campus also will provide state of the art features to keep students and staff safe, from keycard access doors to high definition security cameras to a tornado shelter in the school gym.  

The former NASA astronaut and current principal of 100 Year Starship (100YSS) also announced she will work with the school and Huntsville School Board to bring the international science camp The Earth We Share (TEWS) to students and teachers at Jemison High in summer 2017.  TEWS uses a unique experiential curriculum to build science literacy and critical thinking skills by challenging high school students to solve current global dilemmas.

“This is certainly like being at home and I especially appreciate this tremendous honor by the City of Huntsville and Huntsville City Schools,” said Dr. Jemison, who was born in Decatur.  “Just as for so many people, high school was critical to the person I am today.  And it’s not just the wonderful state-of-the-art facilities the school has.  I am impressed by the dedicated, skilled teachers and administrators who will guide students in taking advantage of them, and create so many opportunities. I believe the commitment Huntsville has made to its students by building a school like Jemison High School can serve as a model to other educators and schools about creating a first-class education for today’s students.”

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