Dudley High Selected for Hubert B. Humphrey Jr. Award

Dudley High received the 2016 Hubert B. Humphrey Jr. School Improvement award, which recognizes schools for improving student achievement through sound educational practices, community outreach and collaborative relationships.

The award was presented to Principal Rodney Wilds at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s State of Our Community Luncheon Wednesday.

The award, worth $10,000, will go toward continuing student improvement through staff professional development, and the school will proudly display the Hugh Humphrey Cup in its hallways until the next winner is named.  Schools are chosen based on 10 items, including progress from the beginning to the end of the school year, end of grade testing, graduation rates, parent and community involvement, and closing the achievement gap.

"I was honored to accept the award on behalf of my entire team at the great James B. Dudley High School," said Wilds. "We are dedicated to providing each of our students with opportunities and support so they can reach new levels of success, and this recognition is a testament to that work."

Earlier this year, Dudley was also recognized for graduating the most seniors with service-learning awards, with more than half of the Class of 2016 having given more than 100 hours of service to their community.

The school's Shell Eco-Marathon Team also brought home first and second place prizes in the international competition, which challenges high school and college teams from around the world to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.

Hubert B. “Hugh” Humphrey was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation from 1981 until he passed away in 2003. Revered by fellow trustees and staff, Humphrey also served as legal counsel to the foundation. In November 2003, the trustees created the Hubert B. Humphrey Jr. School Improvement Award to honor his dedication. The Foundation established a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, which is used each year to support the cash award.