Basketball was it for standouts Wakili, left, and Eldridge Moore
, who never thought their career paths would mirror their parents' service as principals.
(September 1, 2002) - By this stage of their lives, thirtysomethings Eldridge
and Wakili Moore figured they would be putting the finishing touches on their National Basketball Association
"I remember evenings in our house when we were kids, and we'd have one ear on a television program and one ear on our parents' conversation with one another," Eldridge Moore
recalled recently."They would be rehashing the challenges they had faced in school that day.My brother and I would say to ourselves, 'I am NEVER going to do what Mom and Dad do.There are just too many headaches associated with their jobs.' Well, what's that saying about never saying never?" He
On July 25, the school board approved Eldridge
as the principal at School 29
on Kirkland Road, and Wakili as the principal at School 7
on Bryan Street.
Sarah and Eldridge Moore II
, two retired city school principals, couldn't be more proud.
"More than a month has passed since they were named, and we haven't stopped smiling yet," said Sarah, who spent 17 years as a principal, mostly at School 29
, where son Eldridge
is now the boss.
"Both Wakili and Eldridge
worked as vice principals and they were very much liked by the staff and the school community.They will be paired up with mentors, but they'll also have the built-in advantage of having some well-respected mentors at home."
Though neither Eldridge, 35, nor Wakili, 33, expressed a desire to become teachers growing up, Sarah had a hunch they might wind up in the field she
husband grew to love. Eldridge had gone to Niagara University to study business management, while Wakili enrolled at St. John Fisher College to pursue a career in communications.
In the meantime, Eldridge
had suffered a career-threatening knee injury while playing for a team in Holland and was undecided about his
next career step.Wakili told him how rewarding his teaching experience had been and suggested Eldridge
..."They've always been hard workers, so I don't think that's going to be an issue with them," said Eldridge Moore II, who worked as a counselor and administrator at Josh Lofton and as a vice principal at East High School.
"We told them to be decisive, but not be afraid to ask questions.
...Eldridge, who has a huge poster of Michael Jordan wearing his NBA championships rings hanging in his office, sees analogies between being a coach and a principal.
"As I said, I want my school to be the best and Wakili wants his school to be the best," Eldridge