Sept. 16, 2016


IPS is proud to highlight the leaders, trailblazers and
committed students within our district. Taylor H. of Crispus Attucks Medical
Magnet High School is among our elite scholars!Taylor Hall


The poised and confident high school junior keeps her
schedule stacked. Taylor is currently taking dual credit courses at IUPUI,
plays basketball and runs track. She also participates in several in-school and
community service projects.


We recently sat down with Taylor to talk about her life as
an IPS student, her family’s legacy at Attucks, her future plans and goals, and
being the only student representing IPS on the Indiana High School Athletic
Association’s (IHSAA) Student Advisory Committee.


Why did you choose to
attend Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School? Was it because of family
legacy or the Medical Magnet Program?

Taylor: My great-grandfather, several great uncles and aunts
and my brother attended Attucks. I started the program at Attucks when I was in
the 6th grade. I wanted to become a biomedical engineer, but over
the course of time I changed my mind. I’d like to become a sports broadcaster
or public speaker.


What are your long-term
goals? What do you see yourself doing after high school graduation?

Taylor: I want to go to college, of course. I don’t know
where yet though; I’m thinking Georgia Tech or Clark Atlanta University. If I
stay in state, I want to attend Indiana University or Ball State. I’d like to
study communications and broadcasting.


Can you speak to your
involvement in the IHSAA?

Taylor: I’m a member of the IHSAA Student Advisory
Committee. I am one of 18 students in the state of Indiana that represent over
160,000 student athletes. There are 18 students from three different regions
throughout the state. We attend principals’ meetings to inform schools about
the organization. We work at state championship and sectional games and also do
a lot of community service work.


How does it feel to
be the only student representing IPS in this organization?

Taylor: It puts a lot of pressure on me. A lot of people
think of IPS and think negatively, so I have to represent IPS and my school
well. If I do anything less than great, then I fall into their stereotype. Many
people don’t know what my school or the district has to offer. If I tell
someone about Crispus Attucks and the medical program, they think it’s a
private or charter school. When I tell them, “No, it’s an inner city public
school,” they are surprised that there are prestigious schools and great
students in IPS.


Let’s change gears.
After watching the Crispus Attucks documentary “Attucks: The School That Opened
a City,” which debuted recently, how did it make you feel? Did it change your
view of your school?

Taylor: It made me very proud to be a student at Attucks and
it made me want to leave a bigger mark, make my own history there. There are so
many amazing people that were a product of this school; I want to be one of
them, too.


How has the
documentary affected your peers?

Taylor: I think it affected them positively. I knew a lot of
the history [of Crispus Attucks High School] before the documentary because my
family went there. But many students didn’t know the history of the school — like
how long it’s been opened or about Oscar Robinson and the basketball program.
Back then, students were forced to come here, but knowing that we now have the
choice to come here makes us appreciate the school and its history.


What would you like
to see your generation do to continue a strong Crispus Attucks legacy?

Taylor: I would like to see more student involvement in
activities, clubs and sports. We have a football team now. It would be great to
see more student support and see them do more community service work.