Meanwhile in Arkansas

This story is disturbing for several reasons:

An 18-year-old named Kymberly Wimberly graduated from McGehee Secondary School in Arkansas several weeks ago. Even though she had the highest G.P.A. in her graduating class, she wasn’t allowed to be the sole valedictorian — perhaps because she’s black. The school named a white student with a lower G.P.A. as co-valedictorian. Kymberly is now suing the school district.

This case is formally Wimberly v. McGehee School District et al. Plaintiff’s name is given as Kymberly L. Wimberly; I’m guessing her middle name isn’t “Limberly.” Do not confuse with Kimberly Wimberly or Kimberley Wimberley, or anyone you know named McGehee.


  1. McGehee »

    23 August 2011 · 3:08 pm

    I’m going to sue to make the school district change its name. Jeez.

  2. fillyjonk »

    23 August 2011 · 4:06 pm

    As much as I like to see high-achieving high school students come to my college, if I had someone named Kymberly Wimberly on my roster, I would have a very hard time calling roll with a straight face. At least, for the first few days.

  3. fillyjonk »

    23 August 2011 · 4:07 pm

    Of course, that’s probably the result of early influence of (was it Captain Kangaroo?) where all the people were given rhyming names, like Mr. Fetzger who ran the Pet Store.

  4. Roger Green »

    23 August 2011 · 7:36 pm

    affirmative action at work

  5. Tatyana »

    23 August 2011 · 10:06 pm

    McG! I was going to propose that to you!

  6. nightfly »

    24 August 2011 · 1:16 pm

    McG – you would never run a school in such a preposterous fashion as to cater to the widdle piddles’ feewings instead of their education. Therefore they shall be known henceforth as McLamely School District.

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