San Francisco board votes to strip names of Lincoln, Washington from local schools

Posted 35 days ago

From THEHILL.COM

The school board in San Francisco has voted to do away with the names of dozens of schools in the district that some have deemed hold offensive histories.

Among the schools set to have their names changed are Lowell High, Lincoln High, Washington High, Roosevelt Middle, John Muir Elementary and Feinstein Elementary School, according to local media reports.

Feinstein Elementary is named after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) who is among the longest-serving members in the upper chamber.

“It’s a message to our families, our students and our community,” said board member Mark Sanchez, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s not just symbolic. It’s a moral message.”

Lincoln's name was recommended for removal from one of the city's high schools due to his reported treatment of Native Americans, NBC Bay Area reported.

Some community members voiced opposition to the move.

“I must admit there are reasons to support this resolution, but I can’t,” local resident Jean Barish told the newspaper. “These are not decisions that should be made in haste.”

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