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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Saundra Davis, May 12, 1998. Interview K-0278. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

High hopes for West Charlotte's future

Davis has high hopes for West Charlotte's future—expansion, successful integration, and excellent teachers and administrators. She worries that because students continue to be bused to West Charlotte, calls continue to rise that the school should be closed.

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Oral History Interview with Saundra Davis, May 12, 1998. Interview K-0278. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PG: What do you hope for the future of West Charlotte, if you could look in the future and say what you’d like to happen for the school? SD: I would love to see West Charlotte stay right in that same spot where West Charlotte is. If it means adding more buildings like they’re doing now, add to the school. Have West Charlotte integrated like it’s supposed to be. Have the best teachers that they can get and the best principal. I feel like even though I hated to see Mr. Simmons go, I feel like Mr. Cline is doing a superb job. I really do. When you’ve got to come back and try to straighten things out, that’s a job, and he has done wonderfully well. He really has. I want them to leave West Charlotte alone as far as trying to close West Charlotte because I think there should always be a West Charlotte as long as we’ve got a Charlotte, North Carolina. I don’t know why they keep trying to close West Charlotte. I wish I knew why. The way I feel is that the reason they’re trying to close it is because they don’t want their children bussed over here. That’s the only reason. They don't know. Yeah, they know, too, that’s why they don’t want them bussed over here. Most of their girls are with these black guys over here. Hey, if that’s what they want to do, if you leave the children alone they’ll work it out. The more you try to pull something away, it’s going to spring right back. Just leave West Charlotte as a school. I want to see West Charlotte there, and I still want West Charlotte to be number one for as long as I live. PG: It seems like it’s really important for a community to have an institution that stays that way for so many years. In Charlotte it is very unusual, there’s not a white high school that’s been in the same place as long as West Charlotte. SD: That’s right. I don’t care where you go, somebody knows something about West Charlotte, so to me West Charlotte is speaking for itself. As long as you get the right faculty, principal, all the overhead. If you get the right people up there you’re going to have the best students coming from West Charlotte, regardless, and it’s going to always speak for itself.