Fitness has been missing from high school curriculum for years, and it is no longer a deficit that Dohn Director, Ramone Davenport, can tolerate.  Fitness is known to advance attendance, learning, behavior and social competency.  A fitness expert himself, and former star athlete, Director Davenport puts it on the line to bring fitness back to our school.

His approach to fitness does not stop with the students. Our new facility, Dohn Fitness Academy, 4100 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, offers a 360-degree approach to fitness. This stunning facility serves as the basis for two-hours a day of physical fitness classes for our freshman and sophomore students, a fitness resource for the community, and a fitness center for our staff.

“This has been a vision of mine for some time to have an energetic and healthy staff. I believe that this will catapult some to continue to work towards next month fitness challenge.  Please don’t ever lose focus on why I do this; it wasn’t about the money; it was to, hopefully, save lives.”  Ramone Davenport, Director

Leading by Example

Monday through Thursday, Director Davenport leads the staff by example in 45-minute workouts at the end of the school day. Faculty and staff exercise and tone while strengthening working relationships through the shared agony, fun, relaxation and comradery of working out.

Fitness is a living passion for Director Davenport. He understands, explicitly, the in and out balance of fitness and caloric intake. “Fitness is our only way for survival. If you consume calories, you also have to burn them off.”

Director Davenport proposes a monthly fitness challenge for staff. He started the program with an exceptional offer – faculty and staff were invited to run or walk the 2.8 miles, from our Main Campus at 608 E. McMillan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio to our Fitness Academy at 4100 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45229.

Those crossing the finish line in the 45-minute race were met with significant cash rewards that Director Davenport personally financed.  This challenge, he says, “Is based on people living a healthier lifestyle. Teachers change lives working here.” When teachers, and staff, are physically fit, “there is better production in the classroom.”

Our First Fitness Challenge

The first Dohn Faculty and Staff Fitness Challenge occurred on October 16, 2017.  While the fall chill had arrived, it was a dry day, and many of our faculty and staff were successful in crossing the finish line in the 45-minute race.  The smiles on their faces reflect their joy in this accomplishment.

Acknowledging, and congratulating, those who participated in the first challenge, Director Davenport said, “This has been a vision of mine for some time to have an energetic and healthy staff. I believe that this will catapult some to continue to work towards next month fitness challenge.  Please don’t ever lose focus on why I do this; it wasn’t about the money; it was to, hopefully, save lives.”

“I want to thank you for the motivational jumpstart to getting back to working out consistently.  I already eat a lot of fruits and veggies. Since training 2-3 days a week for the challenge, I have started losing weight.  I realized over the weekend, I dropped two pants sizes already!  I’m feeling much better, and my body and muscle memory is kicking back in.  I’m definitely motivated to keep it going.  Thank you for caring enough about your staff to give us that initial motivation!”

The Take Away

Many of Dohn’s faculty and staff do understand the motivation behind the monthly Fitness Challenge.

Kristen Bostic, our 12th-grade Counselor, shared with Director Davenport, “I want to thank you for the motivational jumpstart to getting back to working out consistently.  I already eat a lot of fruits and veggies. Since training 2-3 days a week for the challenge, I have started losing weight.  I realized over the weekend, I dropped two pants sizes already!  I’m feeling much better, and my body and muscle memory is kicking back in.  I’m definitely motivated to keep it going.  Thank you for caring enough about your staff to give us that initial motivation!”

Other teachers and staff appreciate the support and the evident deep caring for the well-being of staff evidenced by our Director’s Fitness Challenges.

One staff member, April McArthur, participated knowing that she would not receive the pot of gold at the end of the run. “I did it so that I could say that I had done it. It was an opportunity to push myself, and I wanted to see if I could do it. I don’t really have a fitness plan going forward, but I think I am going to try and keep running/walking. I really enjoyed it.”

Director Davenport leads by inspiration and surprise. He operates outside of the box, as demonstrated by using his own money to finance the first Fitness Challenge.  The goal is long-term, and each monthly Fitness Challenge moves us closer to the finish line of having a fit and ready teaching and support staff here at Dohn Community High School.

Members of the community interested in learning more about access the fitness resources at Dohn Fitness Academy can email info@Dohnschool.org with Fitness Academy in the subject line, or by calling 513 281-6100 x 1025.