“The Role Models”
In 1964, at Booker T. Washington High School, Mr. Langston Knowles founded the GENTS Organization. This organization was based upon the principles of good citizenship, high moral standards, and high academic achievement. The GENTS is open to young men who exemplify the will to improve themselves as well as their community. Through various service projects, as well as social activities, they have established a high standing in the Houston area. Since 1964, there have been several GENT chapters formed at various schools: Alief Taylor, Worthing, Westbury, Sterling, Yates, Galena Park, Furr, Wheatley, Kashmere, Barbara Jordan, and North Shore.
The Worthing Chapter of Gents was started in the fall of 1999. The chapter was officially chartered in the fall of 2009. Numerous young men have been inducted into this organization and have moved on to prestigious collegiate institutions ~ Lamar, Prairie View, Texas Southern, and other colleges/universities and have become productive citizens.
By providing opportunities for community service, these young men have been equipped with the drive/determination needed to help others. Relationships with the Alliance for Lupus Research, AIDS Walk Houston, The American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, United Negro College Fund, and numerous other service organizations have been formed.The Worthing Gents Step Team has become a major competitor in the high school step team arena. A highlight of the team took place last spring; the team won 2ndPlace in the Step Correct Step Competition held at the Verizon Theatre.