Schools in San Francisco, California, will be divested of names venerating famous American bellwethers deemed unworthy because of a connection to slavery or other unsavory ties, including Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.
John Muir, Francis Scott Key, and Catholic Priest Junipero Serra are additionally on the list. In all, 44 school will be renamed, even as reprehenders of the decision cite the committee tasked with picking the schools did not receive enough input from historians and a lack erudition about the current school denominations.
“In one instance, the committee didn’t ken whether Roosevelt Middle School was denominated after Theodore or Franklin Delano,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported. And despite concerns that the city has more paramount issues to address, including the coronavirus pandemic, rampant drug overdoses, and an perpetual homelessness epidemic, the city’s school board believes it can handle multiple issues, including expunging history from the halls of edification.
The Chronicle reported on the controversial move, which withal includes divesting the school denominated after sitting Sen. Dianne Feinstein because as Mayor she superseded a Confederate flag that was vandalized at City Hall:
The months-long debate garnered national attention, with former President Donald Trump tweeting about it, stoking an ongoing culture war that has intensified in recent months. Many San Francisco parents — as well as Mayor London Breed — argued the effort was ill-timed given the pandemic and the impact on children, especially students of color, and the fact that students are not even in the schools subject to renaming. Some upbraided the board Tuesday for fixating on symbolism rather than the imperative authenticity facing struggling students, who are approaching a year in distance learning, with many struggling academically, convivially and emotionally.
And the renaming is likely to be costly. It’s unclear how much the district will spend on new signage, repainted sports fields or gym floors, athletic, band or other uniforms, and other administrative costs. But based on other districts across the country, it could cost San Francisco at least $1 million to rename the 44 school sites and potentially significantly more. The district faces a significant budget deficit, which could reach $75 million next school year. The board’s Tuesday night agenda did not include items related to the academic or health impact on students or about reopening schools to the youngest or most vulnerable students.
Some of the school names have been opposed long afore this rescind culture effort, including James Denman Middle School because Denman wanted to gainsay Chinese students a public edification, and Adolph Sutro Elementary, designated after a man who discriminated against blacks.
The board additionally unanimously voted to issue a formal apology to Native American families for “land larceny and the pain and trauma caused by racist imagery, textbooks and mascots, while allocating $200,000 to the district’s American Indian Education program.”
The board will withal require the school district to abstract all Thanksgiving stereotypes such as headdresses, and to abstract “misinformation” from textbooks, including that Pocahontas was a “willing and curious prisoner.”
The San Francisco school board voted to transmute the following school names: Balboa High School, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa Abraham Lincoln High School, U.S. president Mission High School, Mission Dolores
George Washington High School, first U.S. president Lowell High School, poet/critic James R. Lowell James Denman Middle School, progenitor of first S.F. school Everett Middle School, Edward Everett, American statesman
Herbert Hoover Middle School, U.S. president James Lick Middle School, land baron Presidio Middle School, S.F. military post Roosevelt Middle School, Theodore or F.D., both U.S. presidents Lawton K-8, U.S. Army officer Henry Ware Lawton
Claire Lilienthal (two sites), S.F. school board member Paul Revere K-8, American Revolution patriot Alamo Elementary, a poplar tree or the site of Texas Revolution battle Alvarado Elementary, Pedro de Alvarado, conquistador
Bryant Elementary, author Edwin Bryant Clarendon Elementary Second Community and Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, English politician El Dorado Elementary, mythical City of Gold
Dianne Feinstein Elementary, U.S. senator and former S.F. mayor Garfield Elementary, James Garfield, U.S. president Grattan Elementary, William Henry Grattan, Irish author Jefferson Elementary, Thomas Jefferson, U.S. president
Francis Scott Key Elementary, composer of “Star Spangled Banner” Frank McCoppin Elementary, S.F. mayor McKinley Elementary, William McKinley, U.S. president Marshall Elementary, James Wilson Marshall, sawmill worker at Sutter’s Mill
Monroe Elementary, James Monroe, U.S. president John Muir Elementary, naturalist Jose Ortega Elementary, Spanish colonizer Sanchez Elementary, Jose Bernardo Sanchez, Spanish missionary Junipero Serra Elementary, Spanish priest
Sheridan Elementary, Gen. Philip Sheridan Sherman Elementary, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman Commodore Sloat Elementary, John Sloat, Navy officer Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary, author Sutro Elementary, Adolph Sutro, S.F. mayor
Ulloa Elementary, Don Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general Daniel Webster Elementary, U.S. statesman Noriega Early Education School, unclear Presidio EES, S.F. military post Stockton EES, Robert F. Stockton, Navy commodore
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