Mayor Adrian M. Fenty spent his sophomore year of high school at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School before transferring to Mackin Catholic High School, where he graduated as valedictorian.
He returned today before the public high school to wish graduates well at a commencement ceremony at American University's Bender Arena. "I have a soft spot for the Tigers," he said.
Fenty said it was the first time he was speaking to the school as mayor and he encouraged the class of 2009 to "always reflect on your time in high school."
He talked about good times, like the Tigers' homecoming game against Dunbar Senior High School. "The Tigers did not win, but it didn't matter," Fenty said, explaining that it was still a memorable moment.
The graduates, parents, grandparents and friends applauded when Fenty said President Obama had "made history during your senior year."
The mayor also told them to remember how the school endured a difficult time when graduate Shalita Middleton died after being shot as a freshman at Delaware State University in 2007.
"You supported each other in a time of sorrow, and in doing so, really showed the city what young people are all about," Fenty said.