The announcement of the death of a popular vice principal at Western High School sent students into hysterics there today. Four of them had to be taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital.
Students were told at an assembly that Warren Grant died last night.
Although the school principal, Sandra Whighton, would not discuss the incident, the Fire Department confirmed that four girls were taken to the hospital about 10:30 a.m. A fifth girl apparently walked in for treatment.
Sinai spokesman Paul Umansky said two of the girls are pregnant and under observation in the obstetrics unit, but were not in labor. Two more girls were in the pediatric emergency room, one with chest pains and the other hyperventilating. The fifth girl was treated for a nosebleed and released. All five are 17.
One 18-year-old student, who asked that her name not be used, said students had become emotionally overwrought when they learned at the end of the assembly of the death of Grant, one of three assistant principals at the school.
An assistant principal at Western for eight years, Grant, 54, had been with the city school system since 1962. The cause of his death has not been made public.
A graduate of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Grant began his career in Baltimore as a social studies teacher at what is now known as Lombard Middle School. He then went to Northwestern High School, where he was promoted to assistant principal, and stayed there until he was assigned to Western.
"He was a dynamic individual, [a] constant professional, ethical . . It's a tough loss, personally and professionally," the school system said in a statement.