New Withrow Leaders

The start of any school year always finds new faces roaming the halls of Withrow. Rarely, though, would one expect to witness a complete turn-over in critical leadership roles. It certainly had never happened in Withrow’s 98 year history. That is, not until the doors opened on August 16th to welcome over 1,200 students. The new Withrow leadership team of Principal John Corey, photo at left; Assistant Principals Dwayne DuBois, photo at right, Danielle Battle, and Joseph Porter; and Athletic Director Jonas Smith came together in late July and have not missed a beat.

The Administration and teaching staff clearly have all facets of Withrow University High School life operating in an energized and spirited manner.By way of an introduction, Principal Corey wrote the following:

Dear Withrow Alumni,

I am pleased to be the 21st principal of Withrow High School or Withrow University High school as it is now known. I look forward to meeting as many alumni as possible in the coming months and years. Until then, I can share a little about myself. I moved to Cincinnati in 1981 and went to Delhi Jr. High where Mr. Dick Ernst, a 1950 Withrow graduate, was my principal. I went on to graduate from Oak Hills in 1986. After graduation, I enlisted for two years in the Army. After attending Boston College, I started teaching in Houston, TX. After getting married to my wife Mary Beth, we moved briefly to Alaska and then settled in Oregon where our two children were born. We lived in Grants Pass, OR for 9 years where I taught for four years and was a principal for five. I then moved to Michigan and finally back to Cincinnati in 2006. I was the principal for St. Antoninus School, a Catholic School on the west side where my two children went to school. My daughter is currently studying at De- Paul University in Chicago while my son is a sophomore at Elder High School. Mary Beth teaches Spanish at Elder and has our son for Spanish II.

I am very humbled by the welcome I have been given since becoming principal here at Withrow. I am fascinated with the history of our school. Between the alumni, the LSDMC, the staff and the faculty, I have been made to feel at home. Both Mr. DuBois and Ms. Battle come to Withrow in their first assignments as Assistant Principals and Mr. Porter returns to Withrow following a year as Assistant Principal at Aiken High School. Athletic Director Smith, photo below, has spent 22 years in the greater Dayton area as both a teacher and Director of a range of Athletic programs. He brings a breadth of experience and a clear focus on both short and long term goals for Withrow’s athletic programs. In his words:

“I am reminded of one phrase every day as I work at WUHS – educational based athletics. That means that school sports are an extension of the classroom that require student-athletes to attend class, be academically eligible, keep out of trouble and do their homework.

Without a doubt, sports are often the main reason why some kids stay in school. While they may not realize it now, they will reap the benefits of that decision down the road when they receive a high school diploma and then either start college classes or enter the work force.

Our job as educators is to do everything we can to help kids stay on the right track. As coaches, teachers and school administrators, we can use sports as a vehicle to help take kids toward success later in life. Using sports in that way is not a bad thing and is one of the reasons why we have to protect interscholastic athletics for future generations. It just might be what keeps our country’s future leaders on the right track.

School sports are a privilege, not a right, and staying academically eligible must be the focus for student-athletes throughout the year. Academic eligibility is one of the things that will always separate school sports from club sports.

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