• Darryl Monroe Community Education Breakfast
    Friday, September 7, 2018, 7:30-9 a.m.

    2018 Speaker - Darryl Monroe, LHS class of 1990.


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    Darryl Monroe, a 1990 Lawrence High School graduate and current New York Yankees scout, will be the keynote speaker of the 17th annual Lawrence Schools Foundation Community Education Breakfast, Friday, September 7 from 7:30-9 a.m.

    The breakfast event, which takes place at the Lawrence DoubleTree by Hilton, provides an opportunity for local businesses and community members to demonstrate their support for public education. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available online at www.LawrenceSchoolsFoundation.org or by calling the Foundation at 785-330-1941 by August 31.

    Darryl Monroe at bat for the Jayhawks. The breakfast will also feature an address from new school superintendent Dr. Anthony Lewis, recognition of student champions and a performance by a group of pre-K students.

    Monroe has been a scout for the Yankees for 11 years after previously working for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He played minor league baseball in the Detroit Tigers organization after graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in human biology.

    He was a four-year starter at KU and led the Jayhawks to their only College World Series appearance in 1993. Monroe was a two-time All-America selection, and a three-time all-region and all-conference selection. He was also a three-time academic all-conference and one-time academic all-district honoree.

    In college he hit .348 with 24 home runs and is on the Jayhawks’ top-10 lists for career games played, hits, runs, at-bats, doubles, triples, home runs and RBI. As a sophomore in 1992 he led the Big Eight Conference in doubles (12) and stolen bases (31). Monroe was KU’s team MVP as a senior when he ranked 21st in the nation in RBI per game (1.24).

    After his junior season Monroe was a 21st round draft pick by the Montreal Expos. The Detroit Tigers drafted the outfielder in the 9th round after his senior season.

    The Community Education Breakfast has featured former Lawrence Public School graduate speakers such as Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motors, Srinija Srinivasan, former editor of Yahoo, Inc., and Brian McClendon, inventor of Google Earth.

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    Community Education Breakfast Keynote Speakers
    2002 - Srinija Srinivasan, LHS ’89, editor of Yahoo, Inc.
    2003 - Dolph Simons, Jr., LHS ’47, president of The World Co. 
    2004 - Dr. Andrew Benton, LHS ’70, president of Pepperdine University
    2005 - Michelle Senecal DeFonsaco, LHS ’78, Sprint International executive
    2006 - Kannon Shamugam, LHS ’89, U.S. Attorney General office
    2007 - Chuck Mead, LHS ’79, Grammy-nominated performer
    2008 - Brian McClendon, LHS ‘82, invented Google Earth, Vice President, Google
    2009 - Mark Dominik, LHS ‘89, General Manager, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    2010 - Alan R. Mulally, LHS ‘63, CEO, Ford Motors
    2011 - David Booth, LHS ‘66, CEO, Dimensional Fund Advisors
    2012 - Dr. Larry Kwak, LHS ‘77, M.D.Anderson, cancer research
    2013 - Corinne Brinkerhoff, LHS ‘98, CBS writer/producer
    2014 - Roberta Smith, LHS ’65, Art Critic for New York Times
    2018 - Darryl Monroe, LHS, '90, Professional baseball scout, New York Yankees

     Guests were welcomed with music.
    A great crowd enjoyed breakfast and supporting the Lawrence Public Schools.