For our third alumni spotlight, we’re going to throw it back to an alumnus coming up on his 20th high school graduation anniversary next spring. Dr. Jonathan Whitehouse, a 2002 graduate of the former Victoria Memorial High School, caught up with me.
Whitehouse also attended Howell Middle School and the former Stanly Elementary School.
Currently living in New York, Jonathan works as an inpatient internist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and also serves on the teaching faculty for the NYU School of Medicine. Though he now has a flourishing career in medicine and teaching, he was sure to remember his time at VISD.
During his time in high school, Jonathan played on the varsity soccer team under coach Tim Eaton. His time on the team attending practices, games and tournaments would ultimately create some of his favorite memories from high school, along with attending football games with his friends. Whitehouse credits his friends for having such an influence on his life, saying, “I had a great group of friends, many of whom I still see as often as possible.”
Before heading off to college, graduate school, medical school, and everything else he’s done, Whitehouse had to go through elementary, middle, and high school. Almost 20 years later, he still remembers three who left an impact on him: kindergarten teacher Ms. Beck, 7th-grade history teacher Mr. John Cope, and Victoria Memorial high school soccer coach Tim Eaton.
Speaking highly of his past teachers and coach, Jonathan said, “I think my teachers provided a solid foundation for study habits that allowed me to succeed in college, graduate and medical school.”
Whitehouse went on to do just that, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with both a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business. He then received his Master of Public Health from George Washington University, and ultimately, his Doctorate of Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine.
As he continues to flourish in his profession, Dr. Whitehouse has a piece of advice for current VISD students navigating their way through school and beyond: “Embrace the structured learning environment, and don't be in such a hurry to grow up.”
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Sienna Rodriguez is the communications specialist at Victoria ISD.