About Langston Hughes (Poet)


Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes Middle School was named for a prolific writer of the twentieth century, Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes wrote several volumes of poetry, short stories, dramas, a Broadway play and two autobiographies. He wrote primarily about African-Americans and especially about African-American life in the city. His best known character, Jesse B. Simple, was described in numerous newspaper sketches.

Langston Hughes Middle School opened as Langston Hughes Intermediate School in 1979-1980, but had to share the new South Lakes High School building. When completion of the new Hughes building was delayed in September of 1980, seventh and eight graders went to school from 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. while the high school students used the building from 7:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. In November, Hughes students moved into their own building at 11401 Ridge Heights Road. The new building was dedicated in May 1981.