Edna Brooks Robertson     Inducted 2018 - Class of 1959

Transferring from Libbey High School, Edna began her senior year at Woodward High in Toledo's North End. One of the everlasting memories from her senior year was her English class, in which she met fellow student, Tom Bollin. While she can't recall the teacher's name, one of the requirements of the class was to write a paper and she selected the topic of African Americans who were successful in their chosen career. She did so with great pride.

Edna recalled that the students at Woodward were very nice, but with her family responsibilities she didn't have the time for close friendships. Edna was offered a scholarship to Howard University during her senior year, but had to turn it down because her father and grandmother were both ill and she couldn't leave her mother alone to care for them. "Family always helps Family," Edna noted.

Quoting from Nathaniel J. Young, Woodward's Assistant Principal of Activities in 2008...... "Mrs. Edna

Brooks Robertson would be a great addition to the Woodward Hall of Fame because her contributions to the field of Education and the Toledo Community have been stellar. Edna Brooks has lifted Woodward's colors to the heavens, waved them high. And made us proud. The holder of three degrees from the University of Toledo, Mrs. Robertson achieved the pinnacle of her profession before retiring, she served as a teacher, principal, instructional planner, school improvement leader, and central office administrator for Toledo Public Schools for more than 40 years. The "First Lady of Education" in Toledo, Mrs. Robertson is still called upon by the school system as a consultant. Mrs. Robertson not only had considerable impact on her students when she served as a teacher and administrator, but also affected the Greater Toledo Community as a volunteer mentor at Ella P. Stewart School for Girls; reading tutor at King Elementary; campaign worker for the Toledo Public Schools Levy; and numerous other capacities."

Edna is a tireless volunteer, elected officer, and board member for societies, sororities, her church , and many area organizations, including the YWCA, Catholic Club, Toledo Chapter of Links, Frederick Douglass Community Association, and many more. Edna has been honored with numerous awards, including the Save My Children Education Award, and two University of Toledo Minority Alumni Awards.

Edna is married to her best friend Tyronne, Sr. They have four children Tyronne, Jr., Jovita, Kaden, and Kamyo.

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