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02/03/09 6:21 PM EST

Texas skipper honored by high school

New Orleans also proclaimed Tuesday as Ron Washington Day

Rangers manager Ron Washington was honored on Tuesday at John McDonogh High School, his alma mater located in his hometown of New Orleans.

The city of New Orleans also proclaimed Tuesday as Ron Washington Day. Washington was born and raised in the city. He graduated in 1970 from McDonogh and has always maintained his permanent home in the city, even through Hurricane Katrina.

The school honored him with a full-school assembly and reception in the morning. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels attended the ceremony and presented the school with Washington's uniform with the Rangers for permanent display.

"It was a great day," Washington said. "It was very moving. You've got all those young kids that I spoke to who had just moved back from Hurricane Katrina and here you are trying to give them advice to steer their lives. They did a great job."

Washington was a star quarterback and catcher at McDonogh and was part of the integration process in the late 1960s. He signed with the Kansas City Royals after graduation and is now entering his 39th season in professional baseball.

"On behalf of our students as well as to show respect for a very accomplished New Orleanian, we feel it is important to honor Ron Washington," said Gerald DeBose, principal at John McDonogh High School. "We need to show our students that if they stay focused and graduate from high school, they can go on to accomplish great things. We believe that Ron Washington is a powerful example of doing just that."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.