Ann Richards founding principal to retire
Jeanne Goka launched district’s first all-girls school 10 years ago.
Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders founding Principal Jeanne Goka is set to retire Sept. 30, 10 years after opening the district’s first all-girls school.
Goka launched the campus in August 2007 with 75 sixthand seventh-grade girls, adding a grade level each year until it became a full 6th- to 12th-grade campus. Now, the school teaches about 800 students, with 500 new applicants annually.
More than 70 percent of Ann Richards’ students are Hispanic or black, 56 percent are from low-income families, and all the graduates get into college.
Jeanne Goka, principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, poses alongside a portrait of the former governor for whom the school is named in 2007. “No one person is the reason for the existence and success of this school,” Goka said.