Welcome to the Thurgood Marshall web page
Thurgood Marshall was completed in August 2005 and dedicated on October 2, 2005. At the dedication, a congratulatory letter from U.N. ambassador Andrew Young, who was involved in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was presented. Our two-story school is 85,775 Square Feet and contains 447,709 Bricks! We opened with 567 students and we now have nearly 850-875 each year.
We are honored to be named for late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The naming of the school honors the legacy of Justice Marshall who is recognized as the architect of the legal strategy that ended the era of official segregation. He was the first African-American United States Supreme Court justice and served 24 years before retiring in 1991.
From the beginning, Thurgood Marshall was led by Wanda Watkins as the principal. Early in 2007, then Principal Wanda Watkins was selected to speak before the U.S. Senate Education Committee in Washington D.C. to talk about the Teacher Advancement Program.
In August 2007, Dr. Tonia Howard took over leadership as principal of Thurgood Marshall. She headed up an outstanding team of seventy-five classroom and special teachers, and support staff, which includes a 2009 RISD STAR teacher, and the 2010 RISD Teacher of the Year.
This year in 2016, Dr. Sharon Newman begans her new leadership role as principal of Thurgood Marshall Elementary. She guides an experienced team of over eighty-five plus teachers, special teachers and support staff. Dr. Newman is only the forth ever administrator of this wonderful Reconized campus in RISD.
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Thurgood Marshall Elementary
9666 Ferris Branch Blvd.
Campus Mission Statement
Provide exceptional student-centered education in a safe environment by providing consistency and structure while educating the whole child (social, emotional, and academic) ensuring opportunities for growth in order to create patterns of success leading to college and career readiness in our connected community.