Haddis was born and raised in his native land of Ethiopia. At the age of nine, he immigrated to the United States where he completed all of his precollege education. Some of his most remarkable achievements occurred during his high school years. At Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, he was an exceptional student. At CRLS, he was member of the National Honor Society, Captain of the Track and Field Team, editor of school newspaper, founder of the Ethiopian Club and a key fundraiser and supporter of the famine relief effort in Ethiopia in 2001. Haddis managed to accomplish a number of endeavors that reveal his incredible potential. From CRLS, Haddis graduated in 2003 with high honors and earned a significant scholarship for academic excellence to the prestigious Boston University. He graduated from Boston University in 2007 with exceptional achievements and went on to study Dentistry at Howard University.
Haddis, who was only twenty-six years old at the time of his death, passionately pursued education, athleticism and humanitarian work to fulfill his dream of helping others. He was loving and caring and expressed these virtues by being a dedicated mentor to those in need. Haddis was well loved and admired by his many friends at school, at work, and in his neighborhood. However, while Haddis had a full life, and was an inspiration to many, he too faced hidden personal struggles that cut his life short at the tender age of 26.
His internal personal struggle remains an alarm sound to all community members and his positive values of academic excellence; sportsmanship, community service, leadership and exemplary behaviors are cornerstone legacies to be carried forward by Haddis Girma Continuity Foundation.