Dr. Alice Holloway Young, a gifted teacher and an untiring advocate and administrator, was honored last week when the Rochester City School District (RCSD) announced that Nathaniel Rochester Middle School will be renamed in her honor.
It will now be called the Dr. Alice Holloway Young School of Excellence.
Recognized as an energetic champion for the school children of New York State who had a pronounced influence upon Rochester higher education, Dr. Young was one of the District’s first African American Classroom teachers; the only African American reading specialist in the District; the first Vice Principal and Principal of elementary schools; first Title I Director (programs for educationally and economically deprived children; wrote and supervised the District’s first integration programs including the Urban Suburban Program which is still in existence and other firsts as well.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bennett College and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Education Supervision and Administration from the University of Rochester. She became employed with the Rochester City School District in 1952 and pioneered as an African American educator over the next four decades. She was Monroe Community College’s Chair of Trustees for 20 years.
The school, located in the city’s historic Black neighborhood, was renamed after a petition with more than 100 signatures was presented to Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small. A community forum was held as a result and several speakers participated. A petition on Change.org cites the fact that Rochester was a former slave owner as the reason for why his name should be removed.
Dr. Alice Holloway Young is now 97years young!