As recently as a year ago, Deosjah Brown would have thought twice about touching a mouse, a snake, or a lizard.

Today, the 17-year-old junior who attends Rogers High School tends to Kody, a hefty bearded dragon, as if it’s second nature.

“He’s a really chill guy,” she says as Kody sits in her arms, seemingly unaffected by being pulled from his cage at the Natural Science Technology Center in South Toledo. “We have snakes here, mice and rats, and I absolutely love them. We learn how to feed them, groom them, learn about breeds, diseases, we are taught how to handle them. Instead of reading it out of a book, we can see it and tell you what each animal is.”

Students from all six TPS high schools take career prep courses through the animal science program, spending the first half of every school day at the center. The two-year program is offered to juniors and seniors and provides 1 science credit and 4 electives toward graduation.

On this particular day, students are feeding the animals, checking on animal breeding projects, and — it’s not all fun and games — cleaning cages, doing dishes, and attending in-class instruction. A student feeds a mouse to a hungry ball python. The students check on their mice and rats, review data for a study on a leopard gecko, and look over the quail eggs that are sold to the public.



It's time for the annual event that brings TPS Proud graduates together at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

The 9th Annual District-wide Alumni Event, where TPS alums can reconnect with former classmates while cheering on the hometown Mud Hens, is set for Friday, June 16, 2017, at Top of the Nine at Fifth Third Field.

Click here to get all the details. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the Mud Hens will be facing off against the Durham Bulls starting at 7 p.m. There will be fireworks after the game.

Call 419-671-0440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Deadline to order tickets is June 5. Click here to download an order form: District-wide Alumni Event

Have fun while you Hit a Home Run with Toledo Public Schools.

Posted on May 11, 2017

In an attempt to update alumni directories, the TPS Foundation has hired Texas-based PCI to contact graduates from all Toledo Public Schools high schools except Scott, which completed such a directory just a few years ago.

The first step in this process is through mailings of several postcards, which are now landing in the mailboxes of TPS graduates. The postcards are signed by Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent of Toledo Public Schools. This project is legitimate and supported by the district and the Foundation as a way to find as many members of the TPS Proud Nation as possible.

If there are any questions, please contact the TPS Communications Office at 419-671-0440. Again, this project will cover the TPS comprehensive high schools - Bowsher, Rogers, Start, Waite and Woodward - as well as the closed schools of DeVilbiss, Libbey and Macomber.

Posted on May 9, 2017​

Kirk Heidelberg, a 1976 graduate of Woodward High School who went on to coach at the college level and in Europe, was introduced as the new head coach of the Waite High School Indians on Monday, May 8.

Mr. Heidelberg, who is in the Woodward Hall of Fame, is a graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky. He has been an assistant coach there, as well as at the University of Toledo, Tennessee State University, Lehigh University and Kansas University.

In addition, he has been the head coach of both the Hamburg Blue Devils and the Cologne Crocodiles of the German Football League and served as the offensive coordinator for Team USA in 2010 and was an assistant guest coach for the Toronto Argonauts in 2013.

Toledo Public Schools is thrilled that this TPS Proud graduate wants to return to his roots.

Nearly 200 people came together at The Toledo Club on Thursday, April 27, to honor the best and brightest of Toledo Public Schools - the valedictorians, the salutatorians and 29 recipients of scholarships from the TPS Foundation. (A list of the scholarship winners can be found here:

The valedictorians and salutatorians of the Class of 2017 were asked to provide their top high school honors and top activities, as well as their most memorable community service project or involvement. And finally, they were asked about future plans. Get to know them a little better: