- Associated Press - Monday, October 2, 2017

FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) - Eleven new students are enrolled at Frederick High School for the current school year. They’re not new to the area but have transferred due to the recent demise of another high school in Tillman County.

Those 11 students were to have attended Davidson High School this fall, but Davidson discontinued its high school grades at the end of the 2016-2017 school year in the face of declining enrollment of those upper grades - and the district as a whole - along with reductions in state funding due to Oklahoma’s budget crisis. Six seniors were presented diplomas for Davidson High School’s final commencement ceremony last May. Davidson School is now a prekindergarten through eighth grade district.

Frederick High School Principal Randy Biggs said the 11 transfers from Davidson include one senior, three juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen. They are among the school’s total student enrollment of 217 students in ninth through 12th grade.

The Lawton Constitution reports the lone senior of that group is Dusty Defoor. He attended Davidson School since kindergarten all the way through his junior year. Although it appears he would have been the “entire” senior class at Davidson, had the high school continued this year; he said he looked forward to coming to Frederick High School this year.

“I now wished I had come here three years ago,” he said. “Everything is good here.”

Defoor attends classes for part of the school day at the Great Plains Technology Center Tillman-Kiowa campus in Frederick. He is studying welding and plans to attend a welding school following graduation next spring.

At the other end of the student spectrum is Yaraldi Anaya, a freshman who had previously attended Davidson School from third through eighth grade.

“It’s been good here (Frederick High School) so far,” she said.

Anaya plays the trumpet in the Bomber Band. She said she had no problem adjusting to an all-new school environment with many more students and looks forward to graduating from Frederick in three years.

Michael Martin is one of the sophomores who came from Davidson to Frederick. He had attended Davidson School from fourth through ninth grade.

“Davidson was a good school with teachers who worked hard, but we didn’t have a lot of extracurricular activities,” he said. “Here at Frederick High School, there are lots more activities and teachers are also friendly. I look forward to graduating from here.”

Martin said he plans to try out for football with the Frederick Bombers for the next school year. Currently, his major extracurricular activity is participation in the school’s robotics team.

“I’m leaning a lot in robotics with a great teacher,” he said. “My experience has been great with no problems at all.”

Biggs said the 11 students who came from Davidson are well-adjusted to Frederick High School.

“They fit in really well with the rest of our students,” he said. “We have had zero problems.”

Biggs credited Davidson Superintendent Phillip Ratcliff with leading a successful educational environment of those students there in previous years.

“I think they are excited about the opportunities we have to offer,” he said. “We’re not a really large high school, but it is a lot bigger than where they were before. They are fun to be around.”

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Information from: The Lawton Constitution, https://www.swoknews.com

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