The Ginn Academy, founded in 2007 by Ted Ginn, Sr., is the only all-male public high school in Ohio. Come in and see what goes on inside the hearts and minds of 655 E. 162nd Street each day. Let us tell you our stories. Photos and text not to be used without permission.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Fresh Start: First Day of the 2011-12 School Year

Everyone loves a fresh, new start; newly sharpened pencils, chocolate cake that hasn't yet been cut into pieces, little brightly colored flowers popping up through the snow in the springtime... The first day of school can feel that way, too, if not always to the kids. While many of them see only the clock reading way too early and the mounds of homework awaiting them, the adults entrusted with their care and their futures see the freshly ironed white shirts, crisp black slacks, and stiff, unscuffed dress shoes. Most importantly we see the somewhat sleepy faces of boys who have their whole lives in front of them. We can't wait to help shape those lives and guide the boys in finding the paths to their futures.

Today's post will primarily be a photo journal of yesterday's activites as we kicked off the 2011-2012 school year. Rules and guidelines were set forth, schedules changed, and many parents were still registering their students. So, it was a bit hectic at times. Overall, everyone arrived shiny, new, freshly pressed, and ready to roll. Take a look and meet the faces of The Ginn Academy for this year.

As you look through the photos, please note the progression and meaning of the tie colors. Black denotes 9th grade, red denotes 10th grade, striped denotes 11th grade, and the custom, crested tie is reserved for 12th grade only. Remember, if you hover your cursor over the photos, you will see the captions. Enjoy!

The boys arrive on foot from an RTA bus stop, a few blocks away, and by car. They come from all over the city of Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. A few of the older boys have their own transportation and many are dropped off by parents, grandparents, siblings, and guardians.

In the next photo, this new 9th grader's mother called him back to the car, saying, "I know that you are not too old to give your mother a kiss!!" Go Mom!! What a cute sight.

Thanks for joining us as we celebrate the beginning of a new year. We hope you'll stay with as the year unfolds. We'll have some very exciting things to share!

Kindest Regards from The Ginn Academy