Locust Grove High School was recently recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a "No Place for Hate School."
Students, faculty and staff took part in the ceremonial banner presentation on April 23. The presentation marked the school's commitment to create a safe and tolerant learning environment.
Students and faculty completed several diversity projects during the year, the school's inaugural year, culminating in a final project in which most students signed the "No Place for Hate Resolution" pledge.
The pledge, according to Locust Grove Principal Robyn Mullis, is a commitment of sorts for students to promote respect for one another and attempt to create a prejudice-free school environment.
ADL's Southeast Region Education Director Holli Levinson presented the school its banner, saying, "The Anti-Defamation League is thrilled to designate LGHS a No Place for Hate School.
"We particularly commend LGHS for earning the designation in their inaugural year," Levinson said. "This achievement demonstrates their commitment to building their school on a foundation of respect and civility. We hope more schools follow their lead."
In January, Locust Grove High also earned its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
To earn accreditation, schools must meet certain standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement, Mullis explained.
"Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators," Mullis said.