Challenger Astronaut, Ronald Ervin McNair
Ronald Ervin McNair, the second African American to fly in space, was born October 21, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina. In 1971, he earned a bachelor's degree in physics, magna cum laude, from North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro). In 1976, he earned his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ronald McNair was nationally recognized for his work in the field of laser physics; selected as one of thirty-five applicants from a pool of ten thousand for the astronaut program in 1978; received three honorary doctorates, a score of fellowships and commendations; achieved a black belt in karate; and also was an accomplished saxophonist. Ronald McNair died on January 28, 1986, in a fiery explosion nine miles above the Atlantic Ocean along with six other crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger. A number of inspirational quotes are credited to Dr. McNair:
"Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky."
"Before you can make a dream come true, you must first have one."
In 1986, Poinsett Middle School in Cocoa, Florida, was renamed Ronald McNair Middle School in honor of Dr. Ronald McNair. Our motto, "It takes a Team to Build a Dream," is in keeping with the spirit of our namesake, who built his dream with plenty of hard work, but not without the help of others along the way.
In 1990, we became McNair Magnet School, attracting students from all over Brevard County for our magnet programs Gifted Education, Math, Science, and Technology. In 2004, we added a Performing and Visual Arts Magnet.
iIn 2013, McNair became a STEAM school! This multi-million dollar funding project is described further on the STEAM page.
McNair's Five 'P's of Positive Discipine
Behavior and Responsibility:
Each student is expected to do his or her part in keeping our campus in excellent condition and attractive in appearance.
Common sense and courtesy are expected in the hallways, classrooms, assemblies, cafeteria, field areas, bus zone, and at all school-related activities.