President Obama will deliver his address to Worcester Technical High School’s Class of 2014 at the DCU Center on June 11. “I’m so proud,” Principal Sheila Harrity told the senior class in a surprise announcement in the auditorium. She was recognized in September as National High School Principal of the Year. LPA’s design of the school, which opened in 2006, has received local and national acclaim and is recognized as a model for contemporary technical high schools. “This school is an extraordinary community asset,” said US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who toured the school on March 13 to promote President Obama’s education initiatives. The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in the fall of 2013 and has a graduation rate of 95 percent.
General Colin Powell spoke to Worcester Technical High School students on March 27 as part of a series that hosts motivational speakers. He later toured the school and enjoyed a gourmet lunch prepared and served by students.