About Ralph J. Bunche
We’re honored that our school is named after Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-1971) who worked through tough circumstances in his youth to become a renowned student eventually earning his master’s degree in political science as well as his doctorate. He taught Political Science at Howard University and was the first African American to get a PhD in political science from an American university. He helped Martin Luther King Jr. lead the civil rights march in 1965. Mr. Bunche was also a diplomat who became the first African American to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in Israel. He helped form the United Nations and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy.
“You can surmount the obstacles in your path if you are determined, courageous and hard-working. Never be fainthearted. Be resolute, but never bitter.... Permit no one to dissuade you from pursuing the goals you set for yourselves. Do not fear to pioneer, to venture down new paths of endeavor.” - Ralph J. Bunche