Leaders, Community Celebrate Hope for Crosstown High
A coalition of Memphis families and community leaders stood together to announce their desire for a high school in Crosstown Concourse. The remarks also announced the launch of a new website with more information about that effort to start Crosstown High. This process is still in the beginning stages, but comes in response to changes in our city and the desires of community members.
Statistically, we know that while the Memphis metropolitan area has gradually lost population over the past few decades, the center city neighborhoods are actually growing. Some ZIP codes have seen their populations grow by as much as 20% over the past several years. We have every reason to expect this growth to continue.
The immense popularity of Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, for instance, and the fact that Central High School cannot presently accommodate the strong demand for its optional program are compelling testimony that families in this part of Memphis want more great options for their children’s education.
The announcement came with a focus on the pillars of what the community members hope for the school. Specifically that it be representative of the city on multiple levels.
We believe that student potential is not found only in a test score, but in the talents, perspectives, and passions inherent in every individual. We will be intentional in both where and how we recruit our students to ensure that our student body reflects the population of Memphis and Shelby County in all ways – racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, and by learning styles and differences.