LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- For some students in Fayette County today’s first day of classes meant walking through the doors of the brand new Frederick Douglass High School for the very first time.
To celebrate the occasion, a group of adults with a special connection to the new school were on hand to welcome every new student.
Alumni from the original Frederick Douglass High School that closed its doors more than 50 years ago were here at the new school opening these doors for the first time to a new generation of Douglass students.
For Alva Mitchell Clark and Robert Robinson, the opening of the new Frederick Douglass High School is a homecoming of sorts.
“It’s revisiting history. Keeping the legacy, keeping the wonderful legacy of Douglass alive. It’s just been an amazing experience,” said Mitchell Clark.
Clark Mitchell and Robinson are alumni of the original Douglass High School off Price Road, a segregated school that taught thousands of students here in Fayette County from the 1920’s through the 1960’s.
“My experience with the old Douglass school was closeness and togetherness and the teachers concern about the students,” said Robinson.
So when they heard the Douglass name would be coming back to Fayette County by way of a brand new state-of-the-art high school, they were ecstatic.
“It’s very exciting and I feel almost as jubilant as the kids do because this is the first day of school for them and it’s also the first day of myself being here at this school with the students,” said Robinson.
The alumni spent the morning greeting students as they walk in for the first time and say if there is one thing they can pass down to this new generation, it’s the pride and spirit of carrying on the Douglass name.
“The tenants of Frederick Douglass himself is hard work, pride in community and family and just an unending desire to learn. So I just feel that spirit here with the vision of the new school,” said Mitchell Clark.
The alumni say they hope to stay involved with the students here throughout the school year and are even more excited to renew the rivalry between Douglass and Dunbar.
After months of controversy over the new school’s mascot it was announced during a pep-rally at the high school today that their mascot will officially change from the stallions to the broncos.