HARRIS' HEROES

Bell Multicultural High School helps minority students achieve their dreams

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Social and economic handicaps no longer hold a group of young people back.

Rodrigo Umanzor is a senior at Bell Multicultural High School in Northwest D.C. He says its the endless opportunities that make this public school for low-income D.C. minority students so different.

"I was sort of living at Boston University in a dorm with a roommate for two weeks and I got to take two college classes, so it was like a sneak peak at what I will be experiencing in the fall."

The school has come a long way in the last decade.

The old, crumbling building is replaced by a brand new high school and middle school with a mission to send all of their students to college with scholarships, thanks in large part to local philanthropists Dick England and his wife Lois.

Dick England died in April. But it's hoped his legacy will live on in every student who comes through these doors.

"Without a champion like Mr. England and his family, it would be very hard to meet their dreams,” says the school’s principal Maria Tukeva.

The Englands stayed involved, helping students move on to college.

"No question that it's just a wonderful, wonderful thing to see," Lois England says.

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