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Warhorse Nation comes out to meet their new principal at Peabody High

Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:28 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Warhorse Nation showed up in full effect Tuesday evening at Peabody High School to meet the school’s new principal.

“And I can think of nobody finer to lead those children and lead this staff and this community [other] than Mr. Dennis Steward,” Jeff Powell, the Rapides Parish School Board superintendent, said. “Will you welcome him?”

Immediately everyone in the auditorium stood to their feet and gave Dennis Stewart, Peabody’s new principal, a standing ovation as he took the microphone.

Stewart will be the 10th principal in 46 years, leading the same school he graduated from in 1994.

“I’m fired up to win as many Black, White, Hispanic [and] whoever wants to attend Peabody,” Stewart said. “Win as many of them to make sure they walk this stage.”

Stewart says he’s focused on winning students back with education.

“This is a way to stop the crime,” Stewart said. “Put down the guns and pick up a pen or paper or a computer.”

Students and alums supported Stewart’s message.

“Mr. Stewart is a great man,” Zaire Quinney, a sophomore at Peabody High, said. “He invited me to go on a trip with him to D.C. with his school last year. I really appreciate everything that he’s done for me. He’s got a lot planned for this upcoming year.”

“This is a brand new start for the school...reinvigorated, reinvented and rebranded,” Sterling Brown, a Peabody alum, said. “The spirit that was in here today will carry over to the next school year, and it’s good for the students and faculty. It’s also good for the community.”

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