CPS Statement: Passing of Legendary Cincinnatian Marian Spencer

July 11, 2019

Today, Cincinnati Public Schools remembers civil rights icon Marian Spencer. "Cincinnati has lost a groundbreaking and visionary leader. Her example will inspire future generations to be community leaders and agents of change," said Board of Education President Carolyn Jones.

"Mrs. Spencer's support of Cincinnati Public Schools was evident throughout her life. In 2010, CPS named a former school building after Spencer and her husband, a former CPS teacher, the Donald A. and Marian Spencer Education Center. In 2017, the building was renamed the Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students when the new magnet program was introduced. As recently as March, she was inspiring students at Winton Hills Academy, who won a national award for a book they wrote about her life titled, 'A Light in the Darkness.' Marian Spencer’s inspiring leadership made lasting change in our community and beyond," said Superintendent Laura Mitchell.