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Young African American girl breaks US high school’s 57-year history, emerges first black valedictorian with 4.26GPA

A young African-American girl named Nnyla Lampkins has made history at Thornton Fractional South High School in the United States by breaking a 57-year-old record.

She emerged as the first black valedictorian to graduate with an exceptional 4.26 Grade Point Average. Nnyla made history as the first-ever black student to graduate with the highest grade point since the inception of the school.

Nnyla was announced to have achieved the feat at the Thornton Fractional South High School’s graduation in 2017. She stated that had decided to make history in her first year.

“Going into the lunchroom, you see like a line of pictures for every valedictorian,” Lampkin says of the images of past white scholars. “I noticed that there are no African-Americans up here yet, nobody up there had looked like me and I was like, ‘Let me try to be the first one,” she said.

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Nnyla achieved the feat by taking honors and Advanced Placement courses, earning her 4.26 grade point average. The Principal of Thornton Fractional High School, Jake Gourley described her achievement as a breakthrough moment for the school.

“I’ve spent 19 years here and I’ve seen a demographic change and I think it’s a wonderful, break through moment for our school,” Jake said.

Nnyla said she hopes her accomplishment will serve as an inspiration to others, that if they work hard for something, they can make it happen. “We all have a wide variety of accomplishments as the Class of 2017, so that’s what I wanted to focus on, not me myself,” she said.


After graduation, she proceeded to Howard University, United States where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in pre-law studies. She graduated from the university with a Summa Cum Laude grade and a certified Honors Thesis.

She mentioned on her LinkedIn that she has a fervent passion for law and educational reform policy. Aside from practicing as a lawyer, she plans to transition into a role where she can implement educational reform policy as a government official.

Nnyla is currently studying for a Juris Doctor of Law degree at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in the United States.


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