In 1954, one young man graduated from Bridgeport High School. He went on to earn three different college degrees but never forgot the Ohio Valley.
Raymond C. Stewart’s love of science came from the teachers he had at Bridgeport, ultimately leading him to a career as a patent attorney and running his own law firm.
Now, the Bridgeport Exempted Village Schools opened a new “Exercise Science Lab” to help instruct and inspire others to take up careers in science. The district could build the lab because at the time of his death in 2016, Stewart left a gift of over $450,000 to the school district that kindled his career. Today’s students will gain skills in health sciences to last a lifetime.
“They’re going to study exercise science,” said Zac Shutler, Superintendent of Bridgeport Exempted Village Schools. “So, if you’re interested in nursing, you’re interested in physical therapy, even if you’re interested in pre-med, you’re going, you’re really going to dive into anatomy, how the body functions, how the body works. And you’re going to be able to understand and measure data, you know, biometrics.”
Shutler says that thanks to the career and technical program classes offered in the new lab, the state of Ohio will pay the district for the courses leading to careers in health sciences, based on the number of students.