As Twitter Goes Public, Dorsey’s High School President Reflects

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Dorsey, Chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Dorsey, Chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Thursday was a busy day for Twitter co-founder and native St. Louisan Jack Dorsey as his company began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Dorsey graduated from Bishop DuBourg high school in 1995. Father Michael Lydon, President of DuBourg, remembers how interested in technology Dorsey was in those formative days.

“Our IT director Mike Berks remembers Jack kind of forming or starting or being with the early computer club here, putting together [Intel] 80368 computers in the back part of the library with some other students and playing an early version of Xbox. Very primitive,” Lydon says, laughing.

Lydon remembers Dorsey as a very quiet student, very intelligent, and a good listener. The Dorsey family is still very active at DuBourg to this day and Lydon says Jack is “like a rock star” with his photo hanging around the school.

When Dorsey spoke to students at DuBourg three years ago, his topic of choice was time.

“He talked to them about time and how time is such a valuable commodity and how he kind of designed Twitter to maximize short, brief communication but getting the point across,” Lydon recalls.

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