We're featuring RPS 205 alumni on the 205 VIBE! We caught up with East High School graduate Timothy Ogburn, class of 1987. Ogburn is a senior architect at Pickering Firm, Inc. in Memphis, Tenn.
Before graduating from East, which schools did you attend? I attended Highland Elementary School, which closed soon after I left there in 1980. I also attended Lincoln Middle School.
What did you do after graduation? I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I graduated in 1991 with my bachelor's degree in architectural studies. I also attended the University of Illinois for graduate school, and in 1993 I graduated with my master's degree in architecture.
What's your favorite memory about attending school in RPS 205? I have many fond memories from attending Rockford Public Schools. We really had an excellent elementary school. The teachers were all wonderful. I learned so much from them. Going to Highland school was critical in my time in the Rockford Public Schools system. I also thoroughly enjoyed high school. It truly was a great experience all around.
How has your time in Rockford Public Schools contributed to your success – whether in your career or life? My educational experiences in the Rockford Public Schools taught me how to think critically. It instilled in me a lifetime enjoyment of learning new things. RPS 205 inspired me to always be learning no matter how old I get. In addition to critical thinking and lifetime learning, I learned many skills from the various classes I took. Even today, some of the methods I learned from RPS 205, I apply to my job today. Those include but are not limited to: art, science, math, physics and engineering principles.
Is there anything else you want to say about your time in RPS 205? I have to thank my parents, all my teachers and in particular, my mother. Besides being my mom, she was also a teacher in RPS 205.
I also want to share examples of how I take notes (which oftentimes includes sketches). Art, science, physics, math are all combined in those images at the top of this blog post. I learned how to do all of that in Rockford Public Schools. I have completed many projects since I graduated from RPS 205 and became an architect. Some images of note: a community college building I helped design for Southwest Tennessee Community College – The Maxine A. Smith Center. The Maxine A. Smith Center was completed in 2010 and is currently utilized as one of their nursing schools. I am currently working on a men's homeless shelter, The Opportunity Center for the Memphis Union Mission. The Opportunity Center is scheduled for completion in late summer of 2020.
The Rockford School Board on Tuesday approved an amended school calendar, making the first day of school for students Wednesday, Sept. 2.
The Rockford Public Schools Fine Arts Hall of Fame celebrates as many as five individuals or groups each year.
I want to extend a sincere thank you to our families for making a timely decision to help us plan.
Schools are still missing some registration packets for the 2020-21 school year, so each school will host a limited in-person registration event.
Registration packets for the 2020-21 school year were mailed to all RPS 205 families earlier this summer.
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