Savannah’s Shining Star

It’s a well known fact around Georgia that the City of Savannah has a crime problem. I love Savannah and have never experienced any problems during my frequent visits there, most times to visit my daughter and son-in-law who live in nearby Richmond Hill and work in Chatham County. I traveled to Savannah last Friday to see the Jeff Davis High vs. Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School basketball games. Over lunch at The Grey, which, by the way, was a wonderful dining experience, my son-in-law warned me that my after-dinner sojourn to Woodville-Tompkins would find me in one of the most crime-infested areas of Savannah. He held out his hand to shake mine and said with a grin, “In case I don’t see you again, I just wanted to say it was great having you as a father-in-law.” What I found at the basketball game belied the reputation of the area in which the school was located. The home team players, both girls and boys, and their coaches conducted themselves as well-behaved ladies and gentlemen, setting a sterling example for their equally well-behaved fellow students and fans in the stands. The cheerleaders also displayed exemplary conduct. I had a friendly courtside chat with a suit-and-bowtie dressed gentleman during the boys game who, I found out later, was school principal Alfred McGuire. I commended him on his students’ conduct which I suspect he has had a big hand in creating …. by example. He made me feel genuinely welcome. Upon leaving the gym, I restated my commendations about the students to a pair of equally welcoming and friendly ladies at the ticket table who were both employees of the school. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School, a shining star amidst an area with a dark reputation.

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