He graduated in 1950 from Roosevelt College with a degree in sociology. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of desegregating the American public school system. Then, Dr. Crim began his journey as an educator…
(Above photo) — Atlanta Public School Superintendent Dr. Alonzo A. Crim addressing 25,000 students, at the Atlanta Braves stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, May 8, 1984. From the Digital Collections Library.
Dr. Alonzo A. Crim's Beginnings in Education
Although small in stature, Dr. Alonzo A. Crim was a giant among men courageous enough to point out, identify and combat problems that prevented public school students from receiving an excellent education.
The Atlanta Compromise Plan 0f 1973
The Atlanta Public School System (APS) was engaged in desegregation litigation for over 15 years by the time Dr. Crim accepted his position as APS superintendent. His acceptance was part of the Atlanta Compromise Plan of 1973.
The Start of the Crim Center
Dr. Crim’s methods involve inspiring community stakeholders to be part of the decisions concerning improving educational outcomes for their children. If a community can come together to support educational systems for that community’s children, Dr. Crim believed that would also motivate the children.
—Alonzo A. Crim, while interviewing for the job of Atlanta Public School Superintendent in 1973