A teacher of life lessons…a champion for the rights of students…a motivator…a supporter. That was Grace Scott.
For 21 years, she was dean of girls and Girls Club sponsor at Thornton High School. She saw her position with the Girls Club as an opportunity to encourage leadership skills and strengthen family relationships for her young ladies. At the same time, she was absolutely dedicated to the school’s athletic programs, never missing a home basketball or football game.
Known as “Grace” to some, and “Mrs. Scott” to others, she cherished her relationships with students, parents and the community. Grace saw her position as more than just an enforcer of the discipline policy.
► Grace Scott was a long-time member of the Thornton faculty, to be honored at Alumni Day, Friday, May 8. Learn more, make a donation, buy a ticket to the event.
Mrs. Scott’s position at TTHS was the culmination of a long story that began in Smithers, West Virginia, where she was born in 1924, the third child out of eight born to a coal miner’s family. Her parents exemplified the values of faith, education and family. They helped to shape her character trait of directness in speech and her reputation as a no-nonsense problem solver.
In high school, Mrs. Scott was an honor student who played on the girls basketball team and the girls softball team.
With an academic and athletic scholarship, she earned a B.S. with a concentration in Physical Education and Science from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia. In college, she was active in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
After college, Mrs. Scott came to Chicago, working for 17 years as a teacher in Robbins School District 143, where she became the school’s first female gym teacher.
Later, she earned a Masters of Education from DePaul University and became principal of the Medgar Evers Upper Grade Center, District 169 in Ford Heights. From there, it was on to TTHS for the most fulfilling opportunity of her career.
A little piece of her lives in every student with whom she came in contact.