There were many special words about Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks in all the articles you have shared with us over the years, especially this past week. But if you want to see where these words also play out physically off the field, in a school and in the hearts and minds of a faculty and student body, you can easily find it near the corner of Fowler Avenue and I-275 at the Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School.
Going into its eighth year, it has a winning record, like its founders, Derrick Brooks and Eddie DeBartolo, to become a model collegiate charter school, offering broad and rigorous educational programs to students from diverse cultures. Recently, ninth-grade students achieved the top FCAT Reading scores in the school district, and 10th-grade students achieved the third-highest FCAT Reading scores.
When I attend the quarterly Honor Roll Breakfast with my daughter, a third of the student body is recognized. I have never seen that success in any school!
Mr. Brooks was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend, but every spring 100-plus young men and women, I pray, will thank God, then give Mr. Brooks and Mr. DeBartolo their own personal Hall of Fame award and Lombardi Trophy for helping them have the chance to succeed and become similar champions, now and in the future.