Garrett MorganNew elementary school honors African-American inventor

Garrett Morgan Elementary School Open House

Sunday, Aug. 7

Last Name: A-M –  1 – 3 p.m. • Last Name: N-Z – 3 to 5 p.m.

Meet the Principal

Sarah Woodford, 37, grew up in Mount Sterling and taught at Lexington’s Northern Elementary before going back to Montgomery County, where she was an elementary teacher, an instructional specialist, and a principal at both an intermediate school and an elementary school. She is a graduate of Transylvania University and holds a master’s degree in elementary education and a Rank I in school administration.

Morgan’s inventions in use today

Garrett Morgan was the son of former slaves and a Kentucky native born in 1877 in Paris. He created and patented several inventions, including an early model respirator credited for saving the lives of rescuers during a 1916 tunnel collapse in Ohio. His most notable invention is still in use today – the current model of the traffic light, which incorporates a yellow warning signal. Morgan represents the innovation, diligence, and creativity the staff of his namesake seeks to instill and cultivate in all of the students.

Garrett Morgan Elementary



This article also appears on page 8 of the August 2016 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal.

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