• Mr. McNeil, Principal
    The “New” Sumner High School of the Seven Pillars - 9th Grade Academy
    A neighborhood and choice high school, based on the Seven Pillars of the Nguzo Saba, that accelerates rigor and learning and offers multiple options for CTE and dual enrollment.
    • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
    • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
    • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.
    • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
    • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
    • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
    • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
    What does it mean to have an African-centered value system as a school?
    Sumner, with its legacy as the first high school for African Americans west of the Mississippi and its location in the The Ville neighborhood, it is uniquely poised to serve its student population through recognition of their heritage.
    A school designed to:
    ... Meet the challenges that confront our students as a people.
    ... Teach and practice the Nguzo Saba.
    ... Offer a fully inclusive curriculum.
    ... Enable our students to choose to see African and African American people as a centerpiece of their world view, and emanate outwardly from that source.