Building Bridges Nobles held its 19th Annual Freeman Legacy Dinner on May 24. The event honors graduating students of color and is named for Bob Freeman, former artistin-residence at Nobles and mentor to a generation of faculty and students. THIS YEAR’S SPEAKER, Framingham Public
Schools Superintendent Stacy Scott ’77 (also a former Nobles faculty member), is a seasoned educator, counselor and administrator who believes in equity and the improvement of educational systems. He has also worked in community health clinics and hospitals serving predominantly African-American and Latino populations, tackling issues that adversely affect those communities. In introducing Scott, former Dean of Diversity Initiatives Steven Tejada said of his work for the Framingham schools, “He has worked to improve the performance of this highly diverse student population with a rich history and many urban challenges. He has worked diligently to close achievement gaps and improve the performance of the organization.” Scott shared memories of his boyhood at Nobles and the school’s evolving sup-
port of students of color. “Nobles has always been a place with heart, and a place that values community, and a place that is full of love. At that time, Nobles was searching to bridge the gap between class and race and was not always sure how to do it, but always looking at ways in which it could grow.” Reflecting on his family history back to the 1800s, Scott said, “It’s knowing that inheritance—where we come from— that allows us to know how to inherit the world that we are entering, how to become a part of it and how to be powerful and transformative in that world. That is the legacy we want to give to you, our children.
Graduating seniors Jess Le, Esther Choi, Christopher Desanges, Gabriela Ureña and William Wang Stacy Scott ’77
“Only knowing who you are can you appropriate your true power, your true sense of your place in the world to make powerful change. What are today’s issues that you need to take on as a young person entering into the world? How will you make your personal impact, and how will you make it meaningful? We have tremendous opportunity in the midst of the diversity of our society to be agents of change—our challenge is to take action that embraces those opportunities. Few places are more well-positioned than Nobles to prepare you for that journey.” —KN
At the April 14 Head of School Dinner, science faculty member Dominic Manzo addressed more than 200 of Nobles’ strongest supporters at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston. His talk, “Does Teaching High School Science Really Matter Today?” referenced the need for patience and persistence in teaching the principles of scientific inquiry. Head of School Robert P. Henderson ’76 and his wife, Ross Henderson, who teaches math and science at Nobles, hosted the annual event in appreciation of the extraordinary commitment of Nobles parents and graduates.
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