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East High merger with Maxine Smith STEAM meets resistance

By , Daily Memphian Updated: February 21, 2022 6:26 AM CT | Published: February 21, 2022 4:00 AM CT
<strong>East High&rsquo;s building opened in 1948, designed to house about 2,000 students. At the time, it was an all-white student body. In 2021, the school had a population of 545 students, with about 73% of those students being Black and about 30% of students classified as economically disadvantaged.</strong> (Daily Memphian file)

East High’s building opened in 1948, designed to house about 2,000 students. At the time, it was an all-white student body. In 2021, the school had a population of 545 students, with about 73% of those students being Black and about 30% of students classified as economically disadvantaged. (Daily Memphian file)

The latest effort to increase enrollment at East High School is a merger with Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, but some have called what’s happened at East “educational redlining.” 

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Daja E. Henry

Daja E. Henry

Daja E. Henry is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Howard University and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and currently is a general assignment reporter. 


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