02.16 Statement on the Passing of Thomas W. "Tommy" Dortch Jr. from Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                
February 16, 2023


Statement on the Passing of Thomas W. “Tommy” Dortch Jr.
from Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring

ATLANTA —  “On behalf of the Atlanta Public Schools family, we are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Mr. Thomas W. “Tommy” Dortch Jr.


“He was one of Atlanta’s most influential leaders, but more than that, he was a strident believer in the human spirit and what can be accomplished for humanity when you invest in people, particularly young people.


“We will honor his memory by remaining steadfast in our mission to lift up every child who attends an Atlanta Public School so that they may reach their highest potential. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.”


Dr. Lisa Herring, Superintendent
Atlanta Public Schools


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