Who is Doris L. Morrow?

Doris Lorraine Cartwright, 1963

Doris L. Morrow Academy is named after my mother Doris. My mother was born in Washington D.C. on April 17, 1945. She was the oldest daughter whom my grandmother Marie named, Doris Lorraine Cartwright. In 1963, my mother graduated from high school in Rogersville, TN. During her senior of high school, she wrote in her yearbook, "I want to be a social worker when I grow up." She had a number of twists and turns throughout her life, but years later she would revisit her long-held dream of becoming a social worker.

Doris Lorraine Morrow, 2002

Four years after graduating high school my mother married my father, Earl T. Morrow. Together they had and raised three children. During this time my mother set aside her dreams as she raised three children, worked full-time, and took care of our family. In 1987, my parents endured a loss no parent should ever have to endure, which was the loss of my youngest sister Kam Morrow. After her death, my parents like so many other parents who lose a child got divorced. My mother chose not to wallow in grief, but instead, she revived her dream of becoming a social worker. Finally in 2002, after having earned her Associate of Science degree from Chaffey College, Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Laverne, she graduated from California State University, San Bernardino having earned her Master of Social Work degree. She would mentor young children and adults often saying to them, "you are never too old to learn and never too old or too young to follow your dreams." Therefore, It is due to her perseverance, faith, and fierce determination I have named this school which is my long-time dream, after my mama, a woman who valued education until the day she took her last breath October 23, 2010.