Woodson in the 2000's
The W. T. Woodson High School began the new millennium with some changes. Robert Elliott replaced Dr. Miller as principal in 1999. In 1999-2000, the parents worked to raise funds for technology as part of a matching gift campaign funded by Texaco. The total technology effort included a state of the art video conferencing laboratory, as well as other technological innovations. The school’s recently-constructed broadcast center offers similar capabilities. About this same time, a group of parents in the community learned that W. T. Woodson’s planned renovation was in jeopardy, despite antiquated classrooms and deplorable infrastructure. Within weeks, the concern became a movement named RENEW (Renovate to Educate the Next Era at Woodson). Over the next two years, hundreds of past, present and future Woodson parents packed school board and county supervisor meetings. They wrote letters and e-mails. They called and met with their representatives. They enlisted business allies. In the end, Woodson’s renovation was secured by people who wouldn’t take no for an answer. In 2006, the first modular units (trailers), were lined up on Woodson’s front lawn, signaling the beginning of construction that would bring a new science wing, bright hallways with new lockers, a state-of-the-art HVAC system, and classrooms and labs with 21st-century technology and amenities. Begun under Robert Elliott, the historical renovation was concluded under Mr. Jeff Yost, who was named principal of Woodson High School in 2007. On a crisp, sunny Saturday in November, 2009, Mr. Yost proudly presided at the Rededication ceremony amidst much fanfare and celebration. When Mr. Yost cut the red ribbon at the school’s main entrance, he ushered in a new era in a new building, whose post-modern tower would soon become the building’s focal point and hallmark.