DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The first batch of Dothan High Wolves would have made history as the first graduating class since the merge, but due to COVID-19, things have had to change.
“They went through a restructuring and then the pandemic, but they’ve shown incredible leadership,” said Mike Schmitz, chairman of the Board of Dothan City Schools.
Jamal Lane and RJ Miller are seniors. They experienced their final day of high school, and the final day of their senior year without knowing it would be their last.
“It was going good everyone was starting to come together and then all of a sudden coronavirus just came,” explained Jamal lane, senior at Dothan High. Lane’s senior classmate RJ Miller said, “I mean like we didn’t think it was going to be like that either. We thought that we were just going to be out for a week and then spring break, and then after that, it just kind of got canceled.”
Jamal and RJ would’ve been a part of the first graduating class of the new Dothan High School. As athletes, they knew they had to run with the ball and show their leadership.
“The teachers and the coaches all told us that we needed to lead by example, and we (were) the first class so everyone was going to look up to us on how the years were going to come after us,” Lane said.
“Even though it got cut short, we still made it good while it lasted,” Miller continued.
The class of 2020 is looking forward to the possibility of a virtual graduation. Schmitz confirmed the board is working on plans to honor the graduating seniors in some sort of way once they find out more information from Governor Kay Ivey.