New Name of TC, Robinson vs. TC JV Football Game, and Graduation Plans

Post-Spring Break Principal’s Chat

Lauren Larsen

T.C. Principal Peter Balas hosted his first Principal’s Chat after Spring Break on Wednesday April 7 and discussed a variety of matters including recent community events and senior plans for graduation.

On Thursday, April 8, the Board for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) voted to change the name of T.C. Williams High School to Alexandria City High School, which will be effective on July 1, 2021. Balas said that upon determining the new name, he will be launching a new high school logo contest open to all students who wish to participate. He hopes to have a logo selected by mid-to-end of May.

On April 6th, Balas sent out a newsletter in regard to an incident at the T.C. Williams vs. James Robinson, Jr. football game where Robinson players spouted racial slurs and spat on T.C. players. Athletic Director James Parker and Balas spoke to the T.C. players the same day the newsletter was sent out about what transpired as well.

As for graduation plans, Balas said, “Graduation is moving along. I am working with our student leaders, and they have proposed in-person graduation, which is awesome. They did a wonderful plan for it. We are looking at an outdoor graduation.” Balas wants the graduation to happen as the sun goes down so it will not be too hot. Balas also said, “We really wanted it on the field at T.C. We had a bit of a hold up from our Texas Winter, [so] we are looking at different sights to accommodate us.”

Herff Jones will be at the King Street Campus in the first week of May for cap and gown pick up or just if students need to purchase one. Students can also order them online.

Unfortunately, due to the immense planning that graduation requires, Balas said, “There was some talk about an outdoor prom under the Wilson Bridge (Jones Point Park), but the students have been more focused on planning graduation than prom, so there’s probably not a prom.”

In-person learning post-spring break starts up again on Tuesday, April 12. Have a nice week Titans!

Lauren Larsen is a senior at T.C. Williams. She took Journalism I in her freshman year. This is her third year on Theogony and second year as an editor. She specializes in opinion writing, but also covers Principal's Chats. In her free time, she likes to play soccer for Alexandria Soccer Association.