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There are two great public high schools in Cincinnati, Walnut Hills and Clark. Walnut Hills is rated among the nation's Top 100 by U.S. News and World Report. Students must pass an entrance exam for Walnut Hills, a college prep powerhouse whose alums include a Nobel Laureate. Clark is open to anyone (most students are eligible for Walnut Hills but choose Montessori over traditional college prep classes). While both schools are successful, they are hardly alike. Walnut Hills would be Yale compared to Clark's University of California, Berkeley. Walnut would be Plato writing down his great thoughts for the ages compared to Socrates, wandering and engaging everyone on the streets of Athens in conversation and making them think. Walnut Hills is Apple, Clark is Google. Or put it like this, a Walnut Hills grad may someday discover how to eliminate malaria, one of the great scourges afflicting mankind A Clark grad would head off into the bush distributing that cure and saving lives. In these two schools, the citizens of Cincinnati surely have gotten their money's worth. At the Clark dedication, speakers reflected on a school's responsibility to society -- "investment in the future," and "shared responsibility" and "passing down knowledge" and "hard work" were some of the phrarses. Rothwell said it was "magical," when kids bought in. He said their accomplishments could be magical for the universe. Julie Stark, who heads the Clark Foundation, said they group planned for 75 people at the dedication. It was standing room only: "We never expected to have hundreds of people attending. You are making this homecoming very special" U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Oh2, sent a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. Here is a list of volunteers who worked on designing the 102,000 square foot building:
Charles Alexander, Steph Bradford, Robin Brandon, Ann and Marty Bruce, Chris Collier, Linda Dalton, Marta Donahoe, Paul Duffy, Heather Duncan, Burt and Terry Evans, Kate Fischer, Steffanie Gentile, Don Gunderson, Jo Guido, Vincent Hammerstein, Christy Holland, Ina Loftspring, Jean Marquard-Wisniewski.
Seat McGrory, Cathy McNair, Corey Parker, Josh Roderer, Ann Rundle, Mary Jo Schmidt, Barb Scholz, Peg Schorsch, Brandt C.P. Smith, Holly Taylor, Rupa Townsend, Bruce Weil, Melissa Wilkerson, Lynn Wyrick.