Middle school changes name in honor of Obama

May 31, 2009 3:44:04 PM PDT
People in East Oakland are celebrating a local middle school's new name. It is the first in America to change its name in honor of President Barack Obama.

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The Alternative Learning Academy opened on Lawlor Street near 98th Avenue two years ago. In March, the school board voted to change its name to Barack Obama Academy to honor America's 44th president.

About 35 seventh and eighth graders attend Obama Academy. Many of them struggled to achieve in more traditional middle school settings.

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