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Boys and Girls High School alumni unite to honor former principal

Alumni of Boys and Girls High School in Bed-Stuy gathered Tuesday night to honor their former principal who passed away 15 years ago.

Dr. Frank Mickens died on July 9, 2009, but his memories are still very much alive in Bed-Stuy.

“He represents our generation, just as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X represented our generation,” said Vaughn Jefferson, one of Mickens’ former students.

Many of the graduates from the classes of ’88 through ’04 lit candles and released balloons, all in honor of their beloved principal.

“We knew that his intention was to raise a productive student,” said Claud McCammon, another graduate. “We knew that he was an extension of our family.”

They also say he left a tremendous impact on their lives and consider him a lifelong mentor.

“He was a father figure, a role model, all of the above,” Atiba Marson-Quinones said. “He made you feel safe wherever you went, just like a father does.”

The students say they plan to continue Mickens’ legacy forever.