Greensboro, N.C. – Northeast High is the recipient of the fifth annual Hugh Humphrey School Improvement Award for its efforts to improve student achievement during the 2008-09 school year.
 
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation presented the award to Northeast at the 2009 Education Summit sponsored by the Guilford Education Alliance on Wednesday. The $10,000 cash award will be used for professional development in support of a new co-teaching system that will allow the school to serve Exceptional Children and special student populations more effectively. Northeast will also receive the Hugh Humphrey cup to display on campus until next year’s winner is announced.
 
A selection committee representing The Community Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Guilford County Board of Education and Jacqueline Humphrey, the widow of the late Hubert B. Humphrey Jr., chose Northeast based on a comprehensive review of data. Specifically, Northeast was selected for its improvement in the graduation rate, student attendance, participation in Advanced Placement courses and the SAT, and excellent parent and community involvement.
 
The school’s attendance rate was up to 94.1 percent, and the graduation rate was up to 81 percent last year compared to 77 percent in 2007-08. The school also experienced growth in its ABC composite scores. Northeast moved from the classification of low performing school in 2007-08 to a priority school in 2008-09 with an increase in the ABC composite from 45 to 50.1.
 
“It’s gratifying to be chosen for this award,” said Anitra Walker, principal at Northeast. “It means to us that the hard work we’re doing is paying off and others are noticing our students’ achievements.”
 
Humphrey was a member of the board of trustees for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation from 1981 to 2003. Revered by fellow trustees and staff, Humphrey also served as legal counsel to the foundation. In November 2003, the trustees created the Hugh Humphrey School Improvement Award with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro in memory of his dedication to education.
  
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools is the third largest school district in North Carolina serving more than 71,000 students at 120 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. 
 
Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s Web site at www.gcsnc.com.
 
About The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Inc.
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening the community for present and future generations. The Community Foundation promotes philanthropy, builds and maintains a permanent collection of endowment funds and serves as a trustworthy partner and leader in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities. Visit www.cfgg.org