Margurite Martin (IL '95)
PrincipalRich Township High School Phoenix Campus
Park Forest, IL
At the time of the Award, Margurite Martin was:Teacher
Zuni High School
Margurite Martin, the assistant principal of Rich South High School in Richton Park, is both the first woman and the first African-American to join that school's administration. During her four years as assistant principal, Mrs. Martin has been instrumental in bringing the school to national attention as a U.S. Department of Education School of Excellence and as a Drug-Free Safe School. Mrs. Martin is the creator of NOVA, a program that reflects her concern for the educational and personal well being of Rich South's African-American male student population. In its weekly meetings, the program addresses problems such as peer pressure and gangs, and solutions such as drug prevention, goal setting and character education. Students in the program meet monthly with mentors from the professional and religious community and participate in outings that include visits to the county jail, area courthouses and the Chicago State ROTC Cadet Program.