Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels and a host of city and state officials gathered on the morning of Feb. 10 to formally open the $43 million Henderson-Hopkins K-8 community school, the first new public school building in East Baltimore in more than two decades.
Among those on hand for the celebration—which included lively performances by student groups—were Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore Schools interim CEO Tisha Edwards, and Patricia L. Welch, dean of Morgan State University's School of Education and Urban Studies.
"You know how impressive this school is; it's why so many people wanted to be here today to celebrate with you," Daniels told the students who gathered for the event. "But the most impressive thing about this school is not the bricks and mortar that compose this physical structure. We are all here—indeed, this school is here—because we think you are extraordinary."
Operating under a contract with Baltimore City Public Schools, Henderson-Hopkins is run by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in partnership with Morgan State University's School of Education and Urban Studies.
The students moved into the new facility in January.