Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association Inc. 36 Years of Service to the Community
The Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. is an organization designed to enhance student life at a notable institution of higher learning.
The Alumni Association’s major goal is to establish functional programs and activities that will support and are in accordance with Calvin Coolidge High as a District of Columbia public school to reinforce student education, academic support, career orientation, and college preparation.
The Association is geared to enhance the existing guidelines and directions of the Board of Education. Those directions include promoting student education, community development, drug abuse programs, academic excellence, teacher professionalism, and total school achievement.
The Alumni Association will infiltrate the expanding metropolitan area to identify, establish, and maintain viable career networks to assist in visitations and field experiences of student members. To reinforce the continuity of the program a major effort will be displayed to identify and maintain an active enrollment of Calvin Coolidge graduates as members of the Alumni Association. The Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association will seek to guide memberships, student body, PTA, faculty, and community collectively towards student growth in a direction of excellence.
“Upward Mobility Through Academics & Unity a Winning Combination”
District of Columbia
Ward 4 Councilmember Charlene Drew-Jarvis and Council Chairman David R. Clarke Recognize Founders of CCAA with a Resolution as first in DC History!
Across the nation there are numerous college and university alumni associations that go back to their institutions. But how many high school associations do the same? Maybe a few. And probably even fewer in the same fashion as the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc., in Washington, D.C.
Established in 1987, the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. was founded on the principle of "enhancing student life at a notable institution of higher learning," says the organizations co-founder and current President, Frank Jones, III. The other co-founders are James A. Scott, Jr. and Barrington D. Scott, I.
"A major goal is to establish functional program and activities that will reinforce student education academic support, career orientation and college preparation," Jones adds.
The purpose of the association is to “give back” to the students, school and community. The association plans to implement activities that represent an investment in the students that attend the school and the community of families and friends that support the school. To accomplish the goals of the association, a major ongoing effort of locating and enrolling alumni has been key to the success of growing the organization’s membership. The association continues to support students by providing mentoring programs, assisting students with identifying career goals and providing college scholarships and financial assistance.
To this degree, upon the association's founding it established a partnership with Mentors, Inc. Since 1987 more than 100 students have been mentored by members of CCAA Inc.
The mentors are alumni of Coolidge who spend time with the students in an effort to enhance the students' transition to either post-secondary education or entry level employment says Neil Faulkner, past president of CCAA Inc. and twice mentor of the year in 1992 and 1995. "Spending time with the students provide opportunities to foster their self-esteem and decisions, making skills," Faulkner says. To honor Coolidge distinguished graduates, the CCAA Inc., annually host an alumni breakfast ceremony.
In addition to CCAA Inc.’s, participation in the mentor program the association annually partners with the entire school as hosting career day at Coolidge. The yearly program occurs the second week in December and is "ever increasing" says James Proctor of CCAA Inc. "We take over the entire school and all of the student body participates," Proctor says. He adds there are approximately 60 - 80 facilitators who address the Coolidge student body of approximately 900 students in groups of 25 to 30 students.
During the past 20 years of partnering with the school, almost 700 different mentors have participated in the career day experience.Some of Coolidge graduates include: business man and former publisher of the Regardie magazine, Bill Regardie; sportscaster Warner Wolf, former professional basketball player Kermit Washington; former professional football player Mike Butler; the late television producer Linda M. Marmelstein, whose shows and series earned Emmy awards; and the late architect at the Capitol Donald Gunnell, and Neil Shulman, Author of “Doc Hollywood” which later became a movie starring Michael J. Fox; Dennis (’61) and Phillip (’56) Ratner of the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, Maryland, Dennis found and CEO of the hair salon chain, Hair Cuttery and Phillip the sculptor with works at the U.S. Supreme Court, Liberty, Ellis Island.
Who We Are and What We Do The Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Incorporated, (CCAA, Inc.) is an organization which was founded in November of 1986 and incorporated on February 17, 1987. CCAA, Inc. prides itself on its adherence to the philosophy of ‘giving back to the community’. The Association provides mentoring programs for students and supports students in identifying career aspirations.
CCAA, Inc. is unique because it is a high school, community-based organization, steeped in diversity in Washington, DC. CCAA, Inc. strives to establish and maintain contact with high school students before graduation and continue to be a source of support to graduates when they return to their communities. Every student is encouraged to join the CCAA, Inc. and bring their talents and gifts to strengthen the long-term mission and goals of the organization.
Members To become a member of CCAA, Inc. you must have attended Calvin Coolidge. Membership categories are Lifetime Member, General Member, Student Member and Affiliate Member. All new members receive CCAA By-Laws, Constitution, Mission Statement, Quarterly Newsletters, Membership Card, and Embossed Membership Certificate.
Programs Annually, during the 2nd week in December, CCAA, Inc., partners with the school to host CAREER DAY AT COOLIDGE. CCAA, Inc. recruits alumni and professionals from the community to discuss their fields of expertise and educational background. Facilitators classify careers according to science, trade, civil service, health, and the arts. The students select two career seminars to attend. During the past 14 years of partnering with the school almost 1000 different professionals and mentors have participated in the career day experience.
CCAA, Inc. in collaboration with Coolidge’s Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) has begun to plan for the opening of a new Parent Alumni Community Resource Center, to be located at Calvin Coolidge High School. The center will provide outreach programs, information and in-kind resources to improve and promote parental and community involvement within the academic environment at Calvin Coolidge High School. The center activities will include mentoring students, providing information and support to parents and sponsoring innovative training programs for Coolidge students, parents and teachers.
Scholarships For the past 30 years, CCAA, Inc. has awarded scholarships to deserving seniors to aid in their post secondary education goals. The largest fundraising event of CCAA, Inc. is the Annual Alumni Scholarship Awards Breakfast held every October. Distinguished alumni are honored for achievements in their careers and communities. Although we honor our alumni, the main purpose of this event is to raise funds for scholarships. In 2007, we have the honor of presenting two additional scholarship awards, the Phyllis S. Wells Scholarship and the Joe Shamwell Memorial Award.
Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association
A VISUAL HISTORY
Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association was re-established in November of 1986 and incorporated as the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. on February 17, 1987. CCAA, Inc.
CCAA Founders James A. Scott, Jr. Ph.D. |Frank Jones, III | Barrington D. Scott, I
Judge Henry Kennedy –CCAA Honoree
The Association became one of the first to be incorporated in the District of Columbia. The CCAA, Inc. major goal is to establish functional programs and activities that will support and are in accordance with Calvin Coolidge High as a District of Columbia public school to reinforce student education, academic support, career orientation, and college preparation.
The moto: “Upward Mobility through Academics & Unity a Winning Combination”
The early planning meetings of the CCAA, were held in the Historic Kappa House of Washington DC with permission from the Washington “DC” Alumni Chapter in November 1986. Co- Founder Barrington D. Scott was Life Member of the fraternity.
It should be noted that the first Scholarship Fundraiser program was a dinner held at the Historic Kappa House in Washington DC, when $100.00 was raised for the first Calvin Coolidge HS student award. Officers included Dr. James Scott, Jr. President, Barrington D. Scott, I -Vice President and Frank Jones III, Secretary, Linda Morgan-Corresponding Secretary, Rodney Wilson, Treasure. Also in attendance, was Coolidge HS Principal Jenifer Gibbs who was very supportive in the establishment of our organization. Also in attendance, James Proctor, John Milligan, Vanessa Riggins with Dr. Walter Fagget (DC General Hospital) as the guest speaker. Elliot Queen, Esq. Class of 1975 –Helped with CCAA By Laws and articles of Incorporation. Keith Tapscott-Design the CCAA Official Logo.
1987 Honoree – Making History at our first Alumni Breakfast Mina Simmons / Stan King / Hon. Henry W. Kennedy, Jr. Class of 1956 / Class of 1947 / Class of 1966
DOLLARS for SCHOLARS. / Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars
A community non-profit organization with the sole purpose of raising scholarship monies for the graduating high school seniors of the Calvin Coolidge High School, Washington, D.C. Since 1986, tens of thousands of dollars have been awarded to deserving and talented students.? We have been a proud and active member of Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars since the mid 1990's.
CAREER DAY AT COOLIDGE CCAA Inc. recruits alumni and professionals from the community to discuss their fields of expertise and educational background.?Facilitators classify careers according to science, trade, civil service, health, and the arts. The students select two career seminars to attend. Over the years of partnering with the school almost 1000 different professionals and mentors have participated in the career day experience.? James Proctor, adds there are approximately 60 - 80 facilitators who address the Coolidge student body of approximately 900 students in groups of 25 to 30 students. This was a very successful program by CCAA, Inc.
The 1st Female Principle at Calvin Coolidge –Jenifer Gibbs
Alumni at the Annual Breakfast
ACE Scholarship Award with CCAA
TED WELL, JR. Esq. – 1990 CCAA Honoree
1987 Linda Morgan, 1988 Jennifer Gibbs, 1989 Loretta V. Riggans, 1992 Phyllis S. Wells, 1993 Lyn G. McLain, 1995 Pamela A. Withers-Johnson, 1996 Edward Johnson, 1997 Marcus J. Brown.
A portrait in oil of the Founders of CCAA, Inc. by Kelly
Neil Faulkner (deceased), class of 1971. Past President Emeritus – Of CCAA, Inc.
James Proctor show off the Coolidge HS - Hall of Legends
CCAA Honoree Rodney G. Hawkins w Co Founder Dr. James Scott, Jr.
CCAA Honoree - Denise Rolark Barnes is the publisher of the Washington Informer Newspaper.
A picture from the Class of 1979 – Year
Natalie Randolph - Football Coach
In 1986 the Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. founders formed the Clash of the Titians Football Classic (Orange Bowl) to honor the achievements and contributions of former Coaches Samuel P. Taylor, Sr. (Calvin Coolidge HS) and James Y. Tillerson (Theodore Roosevelt HS) to increase attendance at DC public school and a way to build alumni participation, inspire team unity and lasting friendships. The first game was played in 1987 won by Coolidge HS and the game has been going for 30 years. Co-Founder Barrington D. Scott served as the Classic Chairman for 30 years. Eugene Wright will lead the helm moving forward.
Natalie Randolph becomes a high school football coach at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. She also teaches Biology and Environmental Sciences. As of the 2010 season she is believed to be the only active female head coach of a high school football team, and only the third ever to coach high school football. Randolph received a Women of Distinction Award.
Football Coach Natalie Randolph Makes History
Calvin Coolidge High School - Parent Alumni Community Resource Center
Thanks to the unrelenting commitment from alumnus Greg Roberts through the DC Children’s Investment Trust Corp., Frank Jones, President, Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Terry Goings, PTSO President, and a host of others, this vision has now become a reality.
Founders Awards 2001 Phillip F. Gainous, 2005 Annette Cox & Keith Tapscott, 2006 Samuel Taylor
CCAA ALUMNI HONOREES 1998 Percy R. Luney, Jr., Melvin R. Wright, Saundra G. Young, 1999-Donna M. Bradley, Dr. Sheila M. Dobbins, Davey Yarborough, 2000-William Harry Bass, Michael A. Blakey, Herbert A. Boyd
The Year we will always remember - 2008 CCAA Alumni and Coolidge HS students celebrate the victory of Senator Barack H. Obama as the nation’s first elected Black President of the United States of America with Founders Frank Jones III & Barrington D. Scott, I - in the Dominican Republic – for the 1st CCAA Educational Exchange Program outside of the country.
Members of the Class of 1974 congratulates Honoree Patricia Petty, Esq
A VISUAL HISTORY 2009- 2019
Monday, January 19, 2009
A DAY OF SERVICE & SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS
Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, stopped by Calvin Coolidge High School the day before he would be taking his oath of office as the 44th President of the United States of America. It was built as a Day of Service for military families; Coolidge students and local service groups such as Service Nation, Year Up and Georgetown Law School were on hand, helping with various service activities for the troops. The event, organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, included decorating blankets for wounded troops, writing letters to service members in the field and making video messages.
CCAA ALUMNI HONOREES 2001 Jeffrey Gildenhorn, John R. Mercer, Co Founder Barrington D. Scott 2002-Rev. Robert M. Holum, Dr. Demitri C. Kornegay, Donna F. Shuler, 2003-Ann Berliner, Hilton L. Green, Joe Shamwell, 2004 Carolivia Herron, Hava P. Levene, Gregory Roberts, 2005- Fred S. Ferguson, Jr., Franklin Withrow, 2006- Howard , Howard A. Burnett, Patrick Campbell, Patricia M. Gittings, Richard T. Jennings, Milton M. Newton, Dr. Roland B. Smith, Jr.
A VISUAL HISTORY 2009- 2018
The Honorable Cheryl M. Long – CCAA Alumni Honoree Is a senior judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She was appointed to court by President Ronald Regan in 1988. In December 2009, Long retired from active status and was later certified om senior status.
CCAA GREEN HOUSE PROJECT– Greenhouse Garden Classroom (April 2010)
James Proctor-Class of 1974 & CCAA Honoree was the Project Manager for the Garden Classroom
Majora Carter, ASLA keynote speaker, pictured with the Coolidge Greenhouse Team at the ASLA Annual Conference
Former District of Columbia Mayor & Ward 7 Councilman Vincent Gray supports the vision of CCAA, Inc. thru his yearly attendance and philanthropic efforts.
Founders Award- 2011 Coach Perry P. Hairston, Coach Leonard J. Farello, Coach Jean Brooks - all teach at Coolidge Ronald E. Hunter (Class of 1966) CCAA Web Master & Breakfast Publication
Milestone: 2012 –2013 Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association Inc.
IRS –Report Amount of income in 2012: $59,897 Amount of income in 2013: $69,871
We hold an annual Scholarship and Awards breakfast to recognize our alumni who have been successful in community service and in their chosen professions, and to raise money for our scholarships. In 2013, we awarded $8,500 in scholarships. Over 300 alumni and friends participated in this event.
Dr. Demetri C. Kornegay –CCAA Honoree
Phyllis (MA) Well –A parent & friend of CCAA
Past President Marcus J. Brown
CCAA Honoree / Business “ICON” Jeffrey Gildenhorn owner of the American City Dinner. He told the Washington Post in February 1989, after a failed attempt to buy the Atlanta Braves, that getting D.C. another baseball team was his most important goal.
Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. - Founders Honored by Prince Hall Free & Accepted Masons District of Columbia Jurisdiction- Prince Hall Lodge #14
Pictured Co-Founder Barrington D. Scott, I – Co Founder Frank Jones III and Donna (Former President excepting for Dr. James Scott, Jr.) receiving honors for 30 Years of Service to the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. annual breakfast participants:
Rev. Dr. Michele V. Hagans-1990 Honoree
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowers make’s Calvin Coolidge HS a priority under her administration with proper funding.
Deputy District of Columbia Mayor Paul A. Quander, Jr. -1992 CCAA Honoree
Frank Jones III of CCAA Dollars for Scholars® Named Volunteer of the Year in Southeast Area
Fire Chief / District of Columbia Kenneth B. Ellerbe 2011 CCAA Honoree
New Beginnings – CCAA, Inc.
A VISUAL HISTORY 2018- 2019
2018 Co-Founder Barrington D. Scott Chairs the Breakfast
Past President Raderrio “Ra” Wilkins w Natalie Randolph
Coolidge High School modernization breaks ground
Thank-you from CCAA, Inc.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser Ward 4 Council Member Brandon Todd Chairman Phil Mendelson & Councilmembers Terry Goings –CCAA President & 2019 Officers Coolidge Students, Families, Alumni & Friends Turner Construction & Team Co-Founders of CCAA, Inc.
Contractual Plans for the Newly Renovated 2019 Calvin Coolidge HS & Ida B. Wells Middle School Muriel Bowser / District of Columbia Mayor & Brandon Tadd / Ward 4 City Councilman
The Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. & Theodore Roosevelt Alumni Association
"ORANGE BOWL" HIGHLIGHTS
The Annual Coach Samuel P. Taylor & Coach James Y. Tillerson Clash of the Titans Football Classic established in 1987.
The Clash of the Titans Football Classic concept was envisioned in 1986 by The Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. founders, Barrington D. Scott, I , Frank Jones III and James A. Scott, Jr. as a way to build alumni participation, inspire team unity while building lasting friendships, to increase attendance at DC public school football games, and to honor the achievements and contributions of former Coaches Samuel P. Taylor, Sr. (Calvin Coolidge HS) and James Y. Tillerson (Theodore Roosevelt HS).
In the year of 1987, with the support and agreement of the Calvin Coolidge HS, Theodore Roosevelt HS principals, football head coaches, and the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. established the first "Clash of the Titans Football Classic. The first "Clash of the Titans Football Classic" trophy was donated by former Calvin Coolidge alumni "Fletcher Tensley" who also was inducted as a coach into the DCPS Track & Field Hall of Fame.
Each year the "Clash of the Titans Trophy" is presented to the winner of the game, who maintains it at their schools campus until the next game is played a year later. If one school wins "The Classic" three consecutive years, it will retire that trophy and a new one will be brought in to replace it, and the process will continue.
Both, the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association, Inc. and Theodore Roosevelt Alumni Association® pick a panel of judges to select an MVP (Most Valuable Player) for the offense and defense. Calvin Coolidge HS was the first school to retire a trophy and now a new one has been brought in to continue the legacy. Thank you for your continued support of "The Clash of the Titans Classic".
Barrington D. Scott, I CCAA Founder & Classic Chairman
Calvin Coolidge High School of Washington DC 2019 Gravy Bowl Football Champions
Calvin Coolidge High School Class of 1974 Celebrates it's 40th Reunion
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