Lamar Celebrates 25 Years Of IB Diploma Recipients Tonight
Lamar High School will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its first IB diploma at a gala event at the Wortham Theatre at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 5. During the gala, Lamar will award 99 IB diplomas to the graduates who successfully completed the program in 2008. This will bring the 25-year total to 601.
Mirabeau B. Lamar High School was officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in 1982 and presented its first IB diploma in 1984.
Since then, Lamar has become the number one IB Program in Texas and one of the top ten IB Diploma Programs in the United States.
“We are very proud of the 2008 IB diploma recipients at Lamar High School,” said Houston Independent School District’s Central Region Superintendent Adriana Tamez, “We live in a time when creating learning environments that encourage an appreciation for the richness of diversity, and developing students’ knowledge and skills to be active participants in a global marketplace, are essential. This is the heart of the IB Program and we are happy to offer this for our students.”
Lamar Principal James McSwain said, “Each one of these young men and women has been granted at least the equivalent of their freshman college year at all public universities in Texas, California, Florida, and Colorado. Many of these students will have been granted much more additional credit by individual schools and we will hear about their successes this evening. It’s one of the most inspirational events I attend all year. It gives me great hope for the future. I truly believe that this generation of young people will do a better job of running the world than my generation has. They are smart, capable, talented, and willing to work hard. It is exciting to imagine what they will be able to accomplish.”
“This is a momentous occasion in the history of Lamar High School,” says Jon Mallam, Lamar’s IB Diploma Coordinator. “We are extremely proud of these students and our past diploma recipients as well. They fulfilled and in many cases exceeded the requirements of IB’s rigorous academic program.”