Local High School Renames Building in Honor of Shaw University
January 30, 2012 – Many high school educators are seeking innovative solutions when it comes to college recruitment. Dr. Marvin Bradley, principal of Northwest Halifax High School, decided to revamp the traditional ways of encouraging his high school students to plan for their futures by renaming one of the buildings on his campus in honor of Shaw University. He hopes that by implementing this new system, and renaming other buildings for local universities, the number of his students attending college will increase.
“I am thrilled that Shaw University will someday reach future leaders through this program,” said Shaw President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy. “Dr. Bradley has undertaken the heavy task of reaching our youth and inspiring them to think about their future. I applaud Dr. Bradley on cutting the ribbon for this program and thereby, opening new doors to his students in the process.”
By simply renaming buildings in honor of many North Carolina and Virginia colleges and universities, Bradley hopes that this gesture will inspire students to think about their next move from day one. As Bradley admitted to Jacqueline Hough from The Daily Herald, “The purpose is to make a difference in the lives of our students.” In other words, “it is my vision that every student at Northwest Halifax High School believes they can attend a college and/or university,” Bradley said.
Bradley plans include renaming ten of the high school’s buildings after universities, such as Winston-Salem State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Halifax Community College, Elizabeth City State University, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A & T, and Virginia State University.
For now, Bradley is focused on the reality of such a small gesture. A reality that involves knowing that each time one of his students enrolls at Shaw University or any other university, he has achieved his goal.