Principal Michael Turner

Taft Information Technology High School

Cincinnati Public Schools

Michael Turner, Principal

Dorothy James, Assistant Principal

Charles Newton, Teacher-in-Charge

Mark Rendleman, School Community Coordinator

August 8, 2016


Dear Taft Information Technology High School Parents/Guardians/Students:

Welcome to Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School. We would like to personally share some spectacular news about our school.

At Robert A. Taft IT High School, students have the opportunity to participate in many different academic and athletic activities. We have a variety of clubs and athletic teams, including three football teams, six basketball teams, a volleyball team, a softball team, a baseball team, and two track teams (indoor and outdoor). Additionally, students may participate in cheerleading, Dancing Jewels (drill team), band, choir and many other exciting opportunities.   We also have our S4S, Senators 4 Success, 21st Century After-school Program, which offers a large variety of activities for our students.  Snack and dinner is also a part of this exciting program.

We know that sometimes challenges get in the way of being successful in school.  This is why we offer an array of additional services to help our young people stay focused on the educational program that we provide.  St. Al’s provides mental health services to those in need.  With two full-time therapists and a full-time case manager at their disposal, many students have overcome barriers and have started being successful in school.  This year, we will be launching a brand new full service health center.  With the Cincinnati Health Department as the lead agency, the health center will provide immunizations, physicals, and other heath-related services.

We are proud to welcome you to Taft IT High School—a school where the opportunity for success is unlimited and where FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! The Taft Administrators, Michael Turner (Principal) and Dorothy James (Assistant Principal) are very happy to be leading Taft.  At Taft, we value a high quality educational experience. Therefore, we expect students to arrive to school on time. School now starts each day at 8:45AM and ends at 3:20PM.  We expect students to be in class at 8:50AM ready to learn.   We are asking that you make sure that appropriate plans are made to ensure that on-time arrival to school every day becomes a regular part of your daily routine. To repeat, students must be in class seated and ready to learn at 8:50AM to be considered on time.  Students who are tardy will miss the entire 1st bell class and will be held in the Tardy Center, which will negatively impact grades and GPA.

For those of you who are new to Taft, we are having a Back-to-School Night this coming Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 4PM in the Taft Café.  During this hour-long event, you will be able to meet Taft Administration and support staff.  Please do your best to come to this.

Remember that coming to school is one part of the process. Being involved in the school creates lifelong learners. We are looking forward to another great school year. We are excited to welcome you to our Taft family.




Michael D. Turner



420 Ezzard Charles Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45214

(513) 363-8200 (Office)  (513) 363-8220 (fax)