This is part of a series of blogs from Noble campus representatives to give a deeper look at campus life.
After returning from a hardworking summer preparing for our Catamounts return, Gary Comer College Prep opened our doors for the first day of school on August 23, 2023.
“We are tired – we have been preparing for your arrival all summer long,” said JuDonne Hemingway, Principal of Gary Comer College Prep, to a room full of students on that first day.
This year, we wanted to go big and nothing less than that to celebrate how we are one BIG Comer family, from the middle schoolers to the high schoolers. The first day gave everyone a chance to smile.
Staff stood outside the doors and welcomed our students with roars of “Welcome back, scholars!” Positive energy bounded around the school as students greeted their favorite staff members and peers. The first day also allowed students to recenter themselves in the school community as our staff set the stage for a school culture that is consistent and gracious.
This year, we welcomed 294 freshmen into our Catamount family. Throughout the day, they were excited to meet new people and see what Comer has to offer. Sitting in their advisory spaces for the first time, freshmen got to “break the ice” and get to know each other and learn more about Comer and all Noble schools’ mission this year – to create school spaces that are clear, consistent, and connected.
“I am excited to meet our freshmen and to give them a high school experience that they can brag about in the future,” said Raeven Funnye, Culture Specialist and 2015 Alum of Gary Comer College Prep.