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Education Report: Montgomery's Carver High School Honored

Montgomery, AL (WSFA) -- Mr. Hall runs a tight ship at Carver Senior High School.

It's the way he keeps 1,100 students on the ball. It's a mentality based on progress at a school once making headlines for fights and high drop out rates.

"Believe it or not, they crave discipline. I have been known to do stuff like get on the intercom and tell them I'm not gonna tolerate it. It's just not gonna happen here," says Principal Gary Hall.

But things are changing at Carver. And a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report's 2009 Best High Schools publication has students and teachers excited about the future.

"It's good to have us known. Because for so many years everything coming to Carver has been negative and bad.  It motivates me a lot," says senior Arthur Kelley.

"This goes to show that our students are excelling academically. We're trying to make a well-rounded student," says English teacher and Carver parent, Sharon Cargill.

Repairing what might have been a damaged reputation at Carver High School is not just something that's on the minds of teachers, administrators, and students. It's also on the walls.

The first thing you see when you walk through the door are banners hanging with a motto that says, "Restoring the Pride."

"It can be restoring the pride from academics, it can be restoring the pride in athletics, it can be restoring the pride in picking up pieces of paper on the ground. We use that motto.  We challenge the students to get on board with us," says Hall.

And getting on board, they are, at least to Mr. Hall.

"My kids are some of the best in Montgomery. I've said it, I've preached about it time in and time out. Now people are seeing what I'm talking about."

Reporter: Melissa McKinney

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