Academy at High Point Central to Carry Dorothy "Dot" Kearns Name

The Guilford County Board of Education voted to go back to their original plan and name the Academy at High Point Central after Dorothy “Dot” Kearns, instead of renaming Triangle Lake Montessori.

The decision came after board members said Kearns, a former member of the Boards of Education for both High Point City Schools and Guilford County Schools and strong advocate for public education, asked that Triangle Lake Montessori not be renamed in her honor out of respect for the pride students and families have in the current name. Public comments regarding the renaming were largely against the new name, while still applauding Kearns and her accomplishments.

As an alternative, the board agreed to rename The Academy at High Point Central the Dorothy “Dot” Kearns Academy at High Point Central. The academy was originally going to move to a building carrying Kearns’ name, until budget constraints caused the board to sell the building. Now, the program will carry Kearns’ name, as will any building it eventually moves into.

In addition to her time on the Boards of Education, Kearns has been affiliated with Public Schools First North Carolina, a statewide 501(c)(3) organization for the “advancement of effective education for all North Carolina Public School students.”

She also served in numerous community service positions with the National Conference of Community and Justice, the Guilford County Health Advisory Board, Communities in Schools, the North Carolina School Boards Association, on the Community Advisory Board for Kids Voting, and the UNCG Board of Visitors. She was also on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners from 1982-90, and served as its first female chairperson from 1985-88.   

Kearns has also received numerous honors and recognitions for her service to schools, children and community and was most recently named one of 30 Women of Distinction by the UNCG Alumni Association. She received the Outstanding Service Award presented by the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. In 2008, the Governor of North Carolina presented Kearns with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an honor given to outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of service to the state.