Ann Richards found­ing prin­ci­pal to re­tire

Jeanne Goka launched district’s first all-girls school 10 years ago.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Melissa B. Taboada Prin­ci­pal

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.

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