Updated: 05/02/2014 5:37 PM
Created: 05/02/2014 4:44 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean
The state is forcing one of the most historic schools in the Rochester area to close or drastically change. So on Thursday, in our exclusive New York Exposed Education story, we asked, “Who Killed East High?”
A recent East High School graduate saw our stories and wanted to talk. The four year graduation rate at East High is stuck in the low 40’s. The alum graduated in five years in 2010 and now he’s at MCC.
Abdul Bounds contacted News10NBC. He wanted to talk about his alma mater, a school the state says has to close or change beyond recognition. The school is funded primarily by tax dollars sent to the state, whether you live in the city or not.
News10NBC wanted to know, “Who Killed East High?” Was it the superintendent, principal, teachers and the union? Abdul says it starts at home.
Abdul Bounds, 2010 East High graduate, said, “If the student doesn't have that support at home, and saying, ‘I want to see you do this. I want to see you graduate. I want to see you be somebody in life’, that student is not going to go anywhere. That student is going to continue to run these streets and do bad things.”
That's the same feeling for one of the top students at East High right now. Ana Santiago's GPA is over four.
Ana Santiago said, “The lack of parent consideration there, it really downed East.”
The state took action against East for two main reasons. One of the reasons was a graduation rate of 42 percent. The other reason is attendance. East High has an enrollment of 1,800. The attendance rate is 82 percent, which means an average of 350 students are not in class. They are either on the street or at home.
After News10NBC’s interview, Abdul started to get emotional. He was thinking about his principal, his experience and his graduation from East.
Bounds said, “If it wasn't for Mr. Soler and the staff at East High School, I think I would have been another statistic on the streets.”
Abdul is getting into sports management at MCC.