James Perry Craft, Sr.
School of Math and Science
"A School within a School"
James Perry Craft, Sr. graduated from Medina High School in 1953. He joined the United States Marine Corps where he furthered his education in science and technology and had a successful military career. In 1964, he was diagnosed as being terminally ill and given only five years to live. He received a medical discharge from the service. Instead of retreating from the pressures of life, Mr. Craft set out with a new determination to do something to make the world a better place. He was hired by North American Rockwell and from there was asked to join the NASA space team. He was a part of the Apollo 11 space team that put the first man on the moon in the summer of 1969. The Apollo 11 space module is on display at the Smithsonian National Science Museum in Washington, D.C.
For his courage, commitment, and willingness to strive beyond limitations, we have chosen James Perry Craft, Sr. to stand as model for all of our math and science students.
The James Perry Craft, Sr. School of Math and Science has been established to promote academic excellence in math and science. Students who complete eight units of credit in selected math and science courses at Medina High School and pass all related exams will receive special notation on their diploma. Also, the names of students who achieve this high standard will be placed on the JPC wall in recognition of their excellence in math and science studies.