MILWAUKEE — North Division Excessive Faculty Principal, Keith Carrington handed away unexpectedly after a medical complication Monday.
Carrington was a husband, father, and mentor to the neighborhood, devoted to citing the subsequent era by way of training. He labored as an educator with Milwaukee Public Colleges (MPS) for 25 years impacting the lives of hundreds.
“He was the face of a constructive African American man. He was a father to many youngsters who did not have these father figures and simply an advocate for the 53206 zip code the place North Division was housed, the place it’s the most incarcerated zip code for African American males. He needed to only be that pillar of sunshine,” mentioned his spouse Tanzanique Carrington.
Keith met Tanzanique 25 years in the past whereas she was working at a financial institution.
“He would all the time come and look forward to me. Sooner or later he simply got here as much as me and was like ‘I am gonna say this actually quick, however I discover you very engaging, would go for a stroll within the park with me?’ I mentioned certain,” mentioned Tanzanique.
The 2 took an extended stroll in Estabrook Park the place they then started to dream and manifest their impacts on Milwaukee.
“We talked about desirous to be folks that gave again to the neighborhood, doubtlessly constructing facilities for youth, not likely figuring out that we’d find yourself in training.”
Their careers would remodel into being principals throughout completely different MPS faculties, ultimately main Keith to North Division Excessive Faculty in 2016.
“He labored actually onerous to show that place into a spot the place folks may very well be proud to say they go to.”
TMJ4 interviewed Keith again in 2019 the place he shared his objective to rework North Division Excessive Faculty into a spot the place folks noticed success.
“This has in all probability been the largest problem of my training profession,” Keith beforehand mentioned.
Tanzanique has acquired an outpouring of assist from the North Division neighborhood, together with college students who noticed Principal Carrington as a mentor.
“I checked out him as a father determine after I misplaced mine and it was simply the embrace of, you recognize, you are not alone, you continue to have me as your dad right here, and he has lived as much as that ever since I can keep in mind,” mentioned Myisha Jude, a former pupil.
Shifting ahead, Tanzanique hopes to hold on his affect by way of training.
“My subsequent transfer is to only honor his legacy of him.”
The household hopes to carry a funeral at North Division Excessive Faculty within the coming weeks.
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