In my experience as a journalist, I have particularly enjoyed covering schools and the personalities that make them special. In my search for a profile subject in Eugene’s Cal Young neighborhood, my focus has been on members of the Sheldon High School community.
One promising possibility is Sheldon High’s principal Dr. Robert Bolden. Known at the school as Dr. Bob, he was named Oregon High School Principal of the Year in 2009. Under his leadership, Sheldon was named one of the best public high schools in America by Newsweek. He has faced a number of challenges during his tenure, including a lawsuit filed against the school for its handling of a part-time cross country coach who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.
The school is also home to an autism support group, led by special education consultant Korrinne Ross. They have a meeting next Thursday at 6:30.
On the athletics side, volunteer assistant coach Dennis Ludwig has been coaching at Sheldon since 1969. The school named its football stadium after him in 2003.