In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama visited a freshman leadership class at Norfolk’s Granby High School, and his heady message of hope resonated with many of the students.But soon after, financial realities hit the students and their parents. Four years later, we revisit them as they graduate.
On Sept. 10, 2008, a freshman leadership class at Granby High School was handpicked to model the potential of an inner-city high school during Barack Obama's campaign. The dreams of Granby's freshman class seemed as boundless as the possibilities for Obama, who spent the day at the Norfolk school and whose campaign believed he could win Virginia despite that the state had not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. But eight days after the candidate's visit, the U.S. Treasury secretary proposed an emergency bailout to avert a financial meltdown. The economic crisis became Obama's and hung over his presidency, as the recession affected the dreams of the high school students in the freshman leadership class. Now those students are graduating, making decisions about their futures, and Obama is a candidate once again. Alexandra Garcia/The Washington Post Buy Photo