Online Exclusive: Dr. Doran ceremony opens auditorium in his name

Elana Tinelli, Staff Writer

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased,” Poet Maya Angelou said. That’s exactly what Wootton’s late principal, Dr. Michael Doran did. With tales of stealing student’s French fries and showing up to meetings in Hawaiian shirts, he left a long-lasting impact on Wootton. “He was beloved by staff and students, and had a larger than life personality,” counselor Jennifer Taylor said.

Dr. Doran devoted countless hours to making this school spectacular. According to dr.doran, Dr. Doran always sought to guide and encourage students who struggled or lacked advantages. He was the first in his family to attend university and he developed a passion for education. For 40 years, Dr. Doran touched thousands of lives and developed meaningful relationships with students, teachers and staff.

A scholarship, a bridge, and now the auditorium holds his name.  “He supported the sports, but what people don’t know is he supported the arts majorly as well. That’s why we decided to name the auditorium after him. The official ceremony is on February 28, and the choir will be singing Danny Boy,” Taylor said.

After Dr. Doran died, the torch was passed down to Principal  Kimberly Boldon. With Dr.Doran’s holding the position for 12 years, the school underwent a major change. “We’re were scrambling to find someone, as he had passed shortly before the school year had started. I believe every principal has their own way of doing things. There’s no one way that is the best. Mrs. Boldon has continued the foundation Dr.Doran set in place,” Taylor said.