About us

The Crimson Mission, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that has been established to raise contributions to provide financial assistance to duPont Manual High School and the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) in Louisville, KY. Incorporated in 2015, the Crimson Mission, Inc.’s sole purpose is to raise funds and provide a third source of income beyond state and federal funding.

As you know, a duPont Manual education is a unique education. Whether you, your children or friends attended Manual, you understand the “duPont difference.” From boxers, United States Senators and Mayors to astronauts, Olympic gold medalists and Broadway performers - you name it, duPont Manual has produced it. Consistently ranked a top public high school in Kentucky and one of Newsweek’s “America’s Top Schools,” duPont Manual High School has been exceeding expectations and producing top talent for over 120 years.

The students at duPont Manual are not only gifted academically, they are gifted in other specialized areas as well — math, science and technology, performing arts, journalism and communication, visual arts and much more! Manual can proudly say that they are one of the most diverse student bodies in the City of Louisville, and in turn, creates worldly-minded students that are leading and working across the globe.

Founded in 2015, the Crimson Mission is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to engage the vast duPont Manual Family by accepting contributions from alumni, community partners, parents, families and friends of duPont Manual High School to fund individual student needs and large-scale projects to enhance the duPont Manual education. Just imagine what the amazing students and staff at Manual could achieve with additional tools and resources! We ask every member of the duPont Manual Family to join us in our mission.

You’ve experienced the “duPont difference,” and now we need your help to build the Crimson Mission Inc. Your tax-deductible donation today will support the Mission and our goal of honoring the past, empowering the present and ensuring the future of duPont Manual High School!

Request Donations

The Crimson Mission, Inc. will receive funding requests from Manual student organizations/teams/groups or staff. Funding requests are only accepted during the months of September through May of each calendar school year. All funding requests must be submitted with this form and emailed to crimsonmissioninc@gmail.com with “Funding Request – your organization name” in the subject line. The funding request form must be filled out completely to be considered. An email confirmation will be sent once your submission is received. If the funding request is for more than $5,000, you will be asked to present your request before the Crimson Mission Board at the next scheduled Board Meeting.

**Disclaimer: All funding requests are fulfilled or denied at the discretion of The Crimson Mission, Inc. Board of Directors.
**The Crimson Mission, Inc. relies completely on donations so not all funding requests may be fulfilled.

The Board

Please click on the pictures to the left to learn more about the board members.

Bill Routh
Recently retired from JCPS, he was a director and auditor in the internal audit unit. He has worked in public accounting and large corporations in accounting, auditing and management. Bill's parents graduated from Manual, and Girl's High, and he was in the Manual class of 1965. He went on to earn BS and MBA degrees from Murray State, and is a CPA.

Bill's four children are JCPS graduates, and two grandchildren are JCPS students. Three daughters earned undergraduate degrees from UK or UL. One earned a UL law degree. Another earned a masters and rank one, and is a proud JCPS teacher. One daughter is a bank transaction analyst. Bill's son was a governor's scholar and national merit finalist; and now attends UL's Speed School.

Support the Mission


A Manual education is more than a simple high school education it is an academic experience which prepares our students for college and beyond. Manual students are our leaders of tomorrow. It is our goal to raise funds to make the best education - even better! If you are interested in supporting The Crimson Mission, we ask and encourage your tax-deductible donation in any amount. We do not have an annual kick-off or fund raising campaign so alumni and friends of Manual can support our Mission all year round!

Your gift to The Crimson Mission will support academic enrichment, student achievement, campus wide facility improvements, technology, athletics, plus much more! Our fundraising efforts are accomplished through our ongoing annual fund and the Annual Growing the Mission Gala.

Why should you donate to the Crimson Mission? Here’s a message from a student!

Are you ready to support the Mission? You can easily make your tax-deductible donation online through PayPal by clicking the link below or you can print out the donation form and mail your donation. Either way, you are supporting the students at Manual.

Link for donation form


    The Crimson Mission, Inc. has assisted with the funding of:
  • microscopes and grow lights
  • rolling trimmer for AP Geography class
  • gas pressure sensors
  • HD video projector
  • outdoor advertising signs
  • gallery pedestal refurbishing
  • box trailer for transport of musical instruments
  • Project Graduation

Thank you for your support of the students at duPont Manual High School!

If you are interested in leaving a lasting legacy to the students at duPont Manual High School, please contact The Crimson Mission at crimsonmissioninc@gmail.com for more information.

Founded in 2015, the Crimson Mission serves as a non-profit organization devoted to the students and staff at duPont Manual High School - accepting contributions from alumni, community partners and families and friends of Manual - to fund individual student needs and large-scale projects the school itself cannot fund through its annual state and federal funding allowances. It is our goal to honor the past, empower the present and ensure the future of duPont Manual High School.

Growing the Mission Gala

SAVE THE DATE, Manual Family!



THE HENRY CLAY, Downtown Louisville

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Donors to the Crimson Mission

THANK YOU to our generous donors who support The Crimson Mission!