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John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

Lincoln Prep's Jeff Atkins Inducted into Greater KC Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

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This spring, Jeff Atkins, head girls basketball coach at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Coach, was inducted into the Greater KC Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. A native of Kansas City, Coach Atkins played four years of collegiate basketball at Ottawa University before beginning his high school coaching career at his alma mater, Bishop Hogan High School. He has supported young people on and off the court at Notre Dame de Sion, St. Pius X and Penn Valley, where in his first year coaching collegiate basketball the Lady Scouts finished eighth in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Coach Atkins has been the head coach at Lincoln Prep for over a decade. He is the third winningest girls basketball coach in Missouri, with 580 wins.

“I was proud to support Jeff when we hired him as head coach at Lincoln,” said KCPS Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Inclusion and Innovation Dr. Derald Davis, whose daughter played for Coach Atkins at Lincoln Prep. “We have had zero negative incidents involving his program, and he has been the winningest basketball coach in our system with more quarterfinal and state championship appearances than any other basketball coach.”

Thank you, Coach Atkins, for showing up for our student-athletes — and congratulations!