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Expect Greatness: 6 lessons from Ron Brown College Preparatory School a new high school for African-American young men

October 21, 2017

 This weekend I learned about a very compelling new school in our country's capital: Ron Brown College Preparatory School in Washington, D.C.  As a entrepreneurial venture by the public school system, Ron Brown welcomed its first class of 100 young men in the Fall of 2016.  This year, they have brought in another freshman class of a little over 100 "kings" (they don't call them students). 


"Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow,

not some more convenient season"

-W.E.B. Du Bois

(from their website)


The school principal is Dr. Benjamin Williams an articulate, driven educator and administrator with boundless energy and unshakeable belief in the greatness within students.  Williams earned many accolades as the Associate Principal of another innovative educational institution, the School Without Walls, where among other accomplishments he developed a college preparatory curriculum for middle-school students.  Williams describes Ron Brown as a dream job and an opportunity he has longed for his whole career.


Ron Brown is the only single-sex public high school in D.C. and is named after the country's first African-American U.S. Commerce Secretary.  These two distinctions point to the high expectations and bold aspirations for the school to forever reshape educational outcomes for young African-American males. According to USA Toda