Skip to main content

Oxford Area High School earns fourth 'No Place for Hate' status

11/06/2013 04:07PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print, Schools


Pictured at a recent assembly are, from left, guest speaker Frank Meeink, Student Diversity Council members Sierra Wagner, Jorge Zurita, president; and Arianna Torres, secretary; Lisa Friedlander, No Place for Hate project director for the Southeastern Pennsylvania/Delaware ADL and Principal Christopher Dormer.



At a recent school assembly, Oxford Area High School was officially designated a "No Place for Hate" school by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for the fourth straight year.

The program helps organize schools to develop projects that enhance the appreciation of diversity and foster harmony among diverse groups. The campaign empowers schools to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry.

The initiative was spearheaded by the high school's Student Diversity Council, which was formed at the beginning of the 2009-10 year. The school received the designation after completing and documenting a series of No Place for Hate activities during the previous school year.

During the 2012-13 year, the council sponsored several community service projects, participated in the Race Against Racism held in Lancaster, and visited the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore. To celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, the council created a photo display of students holding signs reading "I Have a Dream ...," after which they wrote their personal dream of a better world. Committee members also participated in the Multi-Cultural Diversity Awareness Conference at Kennett High School.

For 2013-14 the committee will host the first annual State Conference on Race on Jan. 18, when high-school students from across Pennsylvania will come to Oxford to discuss issues of race, tolerance and diversity. Prior to the conference, committee members will hold a workshop on these issues for students at Penn's Grove Middle School.

Guest speaker at the assembly was Frank Meeink, a Philadelphia native who joined the Neo-Nazi movement as a teenager. Meeink spoke about his life as a skinhead, which included acts of violence that led to his imprisonment at age 17.

During his incarceration, he began to realize he had more in common with his fellow prisoners, who represented nearly every ethnic group and lifestyle, than with the people he associated with as a member of a hate group. After his release, he was given a job by a Jewish businessperson who became a mentor and father figure.

With encouragement from his boss, Meeink was able to overcome his racist past and set a positive example for his daughter. He has now worked with the Anti-Defamation League for close to 20 years, speaking at schools nationwide, writing a memoir and establishing a hockey program for at-risk youth.


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline



oxford area high school antidefamation league no place for hate


You might also like

Thumb smartdrive

Oxford Area High School tops smart drive promise participation

The SmartDrive Foundation recently announced that Oxford Area High School is the Pennsylvania school with the highest number of participants in the 2013 SmartDrive Promise program sponsored by State Farm and Wilmington University.

  • This is a great time to make sure that the students in your house have the most important school ...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    09/07/2015
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • This is a great time to make sure that the students in your house have the most important school ...


  • Tail Waggin' Tutors

    09/09/2015
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    This relaxed animal friendly atmosphere allows students to practice the skill of reading. With c...


  • This is a great time to make sure that the students in your house have the most important school ...


  • Warm Season Grass Walk

    09/10/2015
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    By creating a yard with vegetation that offers food and cover, you can create a refuge for severa...


  • Little Music Makers

    09/10/2015
    11:00AM — 11:30AM

    Every Thursday at the USTC, come Jam Out with… Little Music Makers …a mommy and me music class ...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    09/10/2015
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • 64th Brandywine Open House and Kickoff

    09/10/2015
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    The 64th Brandywine Scouts of the Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) will hold their annual ...


  • This is a great time to make sure that the students in your house have the most important school ...


  • Glen Willow Combined Driving Event

    09/11/2015
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come enjoy the excitement, spectacle and thrills of carriage driving at the Glen Willow Combined ...


  • Parents Night Out: Marsh Monarchs

    09/11/2015
    06:30PM — 08:30AM

    Parent's Night Out: Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington's Riverfront while you ...


  • Parents Night Out: Marsh Monarchs

    09/11/2015
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Parent's Night Out: Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington's Riverfront while you ...


  • Mysterious Moths

    09/11/2015
    08:15PM — 10:00PM

    Join insect expert, Alyssa Molin-Graves, and TLC to explore the interesting and mysterious lives ...


Chester County High School Sports