If you go to Harding, odds are you won’t graduate


BRIDGEPORT — The numbers are shocking, even for someone who has covered city schools here for awhile.

 Only 45.1 percent of the 435 freshmen who entered Warren Harding High School in the fall of 2007 graduated with their class in June 2011. (Another 14.7 percent were still enrolled.) That is according to statistics the district supplied to the state. That compares to 61 percent graduation rate at Bassick and 73.8 percent at Central. District-wide, the four year graduation rate for the Class of 2011 was 60.5 percent, with 13.2 percent still in school.

  In 2011, Harding was in the hands of Global Partnership, a private firm headed by Rudy Crew and Manuel Rivera, two high-profile, former school superintendents who used $2.2 million in federal School Improvement Grant funds to help “restart” the school. Global was let go last June.

No comment yet from the district.


Categories: General
Linda Lambeck

3 Responses

  1. Robert Pavlick says:

    Why is it that “Only 45.1 percent of the 435 freshmen who entered Warren Harding High School in the fall of 2007 graduated with their class in June 2011″ ? And why is it that the graduation rate at Bassick is only 61% and that of Central only 73.8 ????? SCHOOL IS FREE and if I am not mistaken, students even get free breakfast and lunch. Why can’t they hang in their and get some education too after consuming the free food?

    Even WITH a high school education, you aren’t going far these days, but without one you aren’t going anywhere except to jail. Why don’t young people seem to realize that you aren’t going anywhere without an education ????? They have role models. What do they think that Mayor Dinkins, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and President Obama got to where they did by dropping out ?????

  2. Tariq Shakoor says:

    Connie, you may remember Tom Todd. Well, that’s me (aka Tariq Shakoor). I read your bog which was sent to me by another Bridgeport native, Daryl Avery (aka Hassan Malik). It was a beautiful piece, although hard to read for the hard truth it was. You expressed the very same sentiments I have often expressed when I talk with friends from the ‘Port. Sad, somehow best captures the first thoughts you have when you visit Bridgeport or see what has happened to Harding. I graduated in 1961, and still have such warm memories of friendships and experiences. Harding went from one of the best high schools in the state and featured by CBS nationally to this tragic end. What else can you say, except it’s sad! If you do Facebook friend me. Thanks for sharing with another former YMV/FPV resident! Peace!

  3. Connie Hailey Geer says:

    First it was my old neighborhood Yellow Mill (later known as Father Panik), a place where I grew up feeling safe & sound with a loving mother and surrounded by a caring community. It was that Village that raised so many of us children. However, that beautiful place in my memory was later reduced to decay and eventually deleted. Now it’s my old alma mater, whose classrooms held the hope of promising potential, a place where I was taught and mentored and received a very good education which enabled me to move on to college. That was a real accomplishment for minority students in that day (thank you Jettie Tisdale). For this, I feel more sadness yet. Last but not least, in looking at the City of Bridgeport – the place I was born and raised and was once proud to call home – and OMG! It has sunken like the Titanic, while those still there await the long-overdue and yet unfulfilled promises of resurrection and refurbishment. This is a huge disappointment and as such, I am not surprised at the plight of WHHS or the others. It appears that as this City goes, so does its educational system – and this is saddest of all. “Once upon a time” is how I begin my stories of my hometown……hope you can find your way back Bridgeport.