Bridge Dedicated to Principal Who Died Unexpectedly (VIDEO)

Family and friends of Dr. Michael J. Doran, who was the principal at Wootton High School for 12 years, gathered Thursday to dedicate a bridge in his name.

Doran died unexpectedly in 2015.

Those who knew Doran described him as an inspiration.

“It’s hard to find a principal that both the staff and students love, and he was certainly that principal for us,” said former student James Kuldell.

And some people who didn’t know him, wish they had.

“I didn’t know Michael J. Doran,” Rockville City Councilmember Virginia Onley said. “But as I read about him, I became disappointed that our paths have never crossed. ”

On Thursday, dozens of Wootton students, staff, community members and Montgomery County officials gathered on the Greenplace Terrace in Rockville to dedicate the bridge located on Wootton Parkway as the “Michael J. Doran Memorial Bridge.”

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz discusses why the dedication ceremony in Doran’s honor is important to this community:

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Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at and on Twitter @mittimegan.


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