Taft High School

Taft High School

Taft High School Soars to Success

A Taft student gets one on one attention

Taft Information Technology High School in Cincinnati seemed to be a high school doomed with a bleak future. With a graduation rate of 18 percent, Taft held a reputation full of crime, and failing students. That was ten years ago. Principal Anthony Smith and a committed group of teachers and community members have managed to turn Taft’s story around.

Anthony Smith was appointed Principal of Taft 9 years ago, and immediately began to access the dismal situation. To combat the failing school, Smith entertained the idea of getting rid of all the teachers. His mind was changed when he realized that the teachers were not unmotivated, but under supported and working hard in the wrong direction. A plan of action was developed, including daily meetings to identify problems in the school.

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