“There were tears, there was joy, there was shouts, there were probably a few phone calls made, that shouldn’t have been made by students,” said Director Sylvia Thompson. She says she wasn’t surprised when the Program was recently featured in an article for the American Airlines in-flight magazine,
“We’ve really had very good success with our program. We’ve sent over 1,400 El Dorado High School students to college.”
The 10-year, $50 million dollar endowment from Murphy Oil awards tuition based on how long a student’s been enrolled in the district. One student could receive 100%, while another receives 75%.
“It’s based on the most expensive public school in
Claire Barnhouse received the promise as a student. She’s now a teacher in the NewTech program.
“It was really exciting because I have a younger brother and it was a huge relief to know that both, me and my brother could go to college no matter what scholarships I received,” said Barnhouse.
During its inception, one hope was for students like Claire to come back to fuel
“I just think it’s really powerful to be in a community that says ‘we believe in our youth, we believe in you whether you come back or not’”, she adds. ”So I just wanted to come back and be part of that culture, and part of this great high school”.
In 2014, students like junior - Baylee Holt are already planning their futures.
“I want to be a pediatric nurse, and work on the med-flight at the