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Our Students, Now: Lowes Moore

Our Students, Now: Lowes Moore

Lowes Moore, MVHS Class of 1976 graduate, is a former NBA basketball star and coach, and he served as Executive Director and Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon for 27 years. He now hosts a podcast and runs Lowes Moore Global Communications.  

“Lowes has had a tremendous career following his graduation from Mount Vernon High School, and a huge impact on the City of Mount Vernon,” said Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith. “He set a great example for Mount Vernon students with his success on the basketball court and his commitment to his work in the classroom. He then dedicated much of his life to the youth by serving in the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. Lowes truly has embodied the values of the Mount Vernon City School District throughout his life, and for that he deserves recognition.”  

View the Q+A with Lowes Moore below! 

Name: Lowes Moore  
Graduation year: 1976 
High school: Mount Vernon High School 
Current position title and company/entity: Retired (Former NBA basketball star and coach, and Executive Director and Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon) 
 
1. What are you doing now with your life and career?  
Currently working as an inspirational speaker and consultant and offers a podcast, The Blueprint, on personal and lifestyle development that focuses on lifestyle and 7 spheres of influence. The podcast addresses religion, relationships, family, education, government and law, media, business and finance, sports, arts and entertainment. The Blueprint is geared toward all ages with a special focus on teens, young adults and adults. 

Lowes Moore Global Communications is about effective communication and personal growth. Personal growth is not just helping individuals and organizations feel good. It’s about expanding their awareness and helping individuals and organizations get unstuck; to reach their potential, by learning how to think, and to use their mind effectively. “Everyone can go PRO in their own sphere of influence” 

2. How has MVHS/MVCSD prepared you for your career?  
MVHS/MVCSD provided me with the academic and social foundation that allowed me to succeed in college and life after college. 

3. Who are some people (teachers, counselors, etc.) who inspired or pushed you to be better during your time in the school district?  
Elementary School: Dr. Clinton Young Sr., Principal; Valerie Williams, home room teacher; Mr. White; teacher, fourth grade; Ms. Sherman, who said don’t let anyone give you anything, you need to earn it, gym teacher; Mr. Forest and Mr. Grimes. 
Middle School: Mr. Ford. 
High School: English teacher, Mrs. Jordan; Math Teacher, Ms. Walters, who has impacted my family even to this day. Counselors, Mr. Boyd, Mr. Warren, and Mr. Carapella; Assistant Principal James Lee; Security Officers James Jones and Earl Monroe — there are many others that have escaped my memory. 

4. What was your favorite part of attending the Mount Vernon City School District?  
I have an amazing life and I would enjoy returning to any part of it, but my all-time favorite experience is attending Mount Vernon High School.  

5. What is one thing from your time in the Mount Vernon City School District that stuck with you the most or helped you the most in your career?  
I remember during my freshman year having a meeting with my guidance counselor Mr. Boyd and my mentor Mr. Jones (MVHS security guard) in preparation for my sophomore year. As we reviewed my schedule, we realized that I had some basic courses and a lot of shop and art classes. Mr. Jones mentioned I was planning to go to college and was concerned about the courses. Mr. Boyd pulled a file and shared that I was reading at a seventh-grade level. That was the turning point of my life, when I asked the question ‘what can I do?’ I was a rising basketball star who couldn’t read. Mr. Boyd recommended that I try this new remedial program and it changed my life forever; it was a paradigm shift for me. 

6. What are you most proud of from your school experience?  
Graduating 38 out of over 900 students and receiving a full scholarship to West Virginia University. 

7. What do you know now that you wish you knew during your time in the school district?  
How important it is to master reading (reading comprehension); writing is the success of your future. Also, I would say enjoy every moment but understand the difference between immaturity and maturity because it will determine the level of joy or difficulty you will experience. I did enjoy every moment.  
 
8. What would you tell current students today to help them on their academic and career journey?  
That their high school experience is not a picture but a puzzle and every piece is important. Learn to perfect each piece. 

Picture of Dr. Thomas with maroon on sides.

Dr. Albert “George” Thomas, M.D., M.S., graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1975. He studied medicine at ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and became an obstetrician and gynecologist following his education.  

Mr. Jose Formoso

The Mount Vernon City School District named Jose Formoso as its new Assistant Superintendent for Business during the Special Meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday July 9, 2024. Mr. Formoso brings over a decade of experience in finances to this role, having earned a Bachelor of Science in business economics from SUNY Oneonta in 2003. In 2009, Mr. Formoso received a Master of Business Administration in financial management from Pace University. 

Students holding stuffed animals

The pre-kindergarten students were buzzing with creativity and excitement, showing off their new stuffed friends to staff and classmates. These children were given the chance to assemble their own personalized stuffed animals by hand during yesterday’s summer camp session on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. 

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Greetings MVCSD Community, 

As we conclude this school year, I am filled with immense gratitude and pride for all that we have accomplished together.

I want to commend our hard-working students, faculty, staff, families, and administrators on a wonderful and successful school year. Our teachers, who are the backbone of this District and essential to our children’s education, are role models for our children and exercise courage, passion, patience, and love daily. Our teachers played a pivotal role in the success of the 2023 -24 school year.