Review underway for San Francisco schools named after presidents, ABC7's Phil Matier writes

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Monday, July 27, 2020
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SF Chronicle insider and ABC7 News contributor Phil Matier reports that several schools in San Francisco may get a new name. A review is underway of schools that are named after presidents. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR could all go.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Several schools in San Francisco may get a new name.

SF Chronicle insider and ABC7 News contributor Phil Matier writes in Sunday's Chronicle that a review is underway of schools that are named after presidents and other historic figures, according to a recently released working paper drawn up by the school district's Names Advisory Committee.

The list includes more than 12 schools. Among the list include: Lowell High School, George Washington High School, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Middle School.

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Lowell High School, one of the most prestigious academic high schools in the city, is included in the review after being named after James Lowell. Lowell was a poet and diplomat and the school district says he wavered on his commitment to anti-slavery.

You can read Phil's column in the Chronicle every Sunday and Wednesday.