Dr. Telford is the only retired educator in American – black or white, urban or suburban – who dared and cared enough to return to a tough inner–city high school to teach, and he was still doing it in his seventies. He often has been called the Jonathon Kozol of the high school. An amateur boxer who was raised in the crowded west side of Detroit and incarcerated as a teen, he was expelled from one Motown high school for fighting but rose to become a world-ranked sprinter, met a pope, lead suburban school districts, and direct programs working to reform the city’s street gangs and rehabilitate parolees. While he has received many high honors and accolades, he never lost the common touch.
And be sure to check out Dr. Telford’s latest book, “What Old Men Know”: