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Bridgeport High School Not Chosen for Obama Visit
Supt. Dorn: The tiny high school in north central Washington still a ‘big winner’

OLYMPIA — May 10, 2011 — Bridgeport High School, located in north central Washington, will not host Pres. Barack Obama for its graduation ceremony in June, the school learned Tuesday morning. Bridgeport High School was a finalist for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, but Booker T. Washington in Memphis, Tenn., earned the honor.

Bridgeport was one of three high schools vying for the right to have Obama speak at its graduation ceremony. The third school was High Tech High International in San Diego.

“I’m so proud of Bridgeport High School and the hard work of the students and educators there,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “The fact that people around the nation know Bridgeport’s story makes them a big winner. The high school is a leader in our state and a model for how, with hard work and perseverance, all students can achieve with high expectations.”


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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