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Memorial High School Renaming Proposal

Proposal to Rename James Madison Memorial High School

The Ad Hoc Citizens’ Renaming Committee conducted a public hearing on Thursday, October 14, on four names they may recommend to the Board of Education. They will meet again for final deliberations on Wednesday, October 27, at 5 p.m. Members used various tools to evaluate each of the names and, through the course of their deliberations, are considering four names at this time. They also decided earlier in the process to recommend keeping the word ‘Memorial’ in the name.

All the information is available to the public via BoardDocs that includes meeting agendas, minutes, supporting documents, and video recordings. 

Public input will continue through this web page. When the transition is made to the Board of Education Work Group and Regular meeting agendas, there will be opportunities for additional public appearances and to submit written statements.

The following four names are the subject of the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee:

  • Darlene M. Hancock Memorial High School
  • Memorial High School
  • Vel Phillips Memorial High School
  • Bruce Dahmen Memorial High School

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Process and timeline

Per School Board Policy (6700), the public has a minimum 30-day window to comment on the recommendations and submit additional proposals. The 30-day window to submit proposals for Memorial ended on April 23, 2021.

renaming process flowchart

Download this process flowchart.

Board of Education Role:

  1. Appoint a Citizens Naming Committee. The Citizens Naming Committee shall consist of twelve individuals and a chairperson appointed by the Board President and approved by the BOARD OF EDUCATION. Each Board Member may recommend up to five names to serve on the Committee, and the Board President shall select Committee members from these names. The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall strive to ensure that the Citizens Naming Committee is representative of the District as a whole.

  2. The chairperson will be selected by the President of the BOARD OF EDUCATION.
  3. Establish a date by which the work of the Citizens Naming Committee must be completed.

*Proposal Criteria:

  1. What individuals/groups are proposing the name? What is the proposed name?
  2. Madison Metropolitan School District schools may be named after a prominent national or local figure who is deceased, a locally significant geographical site, a place of local significance, or an idea or concept which represents a broadly respected civic virtue. Into which of these categories does the proposed name fall?
  3. If the proposed name is a prominent local or national figure who is deceased, describe why this person is considered prominent. “Prominent” is defined as “widely and popularly known.”
  4. If the proposed name is a prominent local or national figure who is deceased, what is the significance of the person specifically to the Madison Metropolitan School District that it should choose to name a school for this particular person over others of similar prominence?
  5. If the proposed name is a locally significant geographical site or a place of local significance, what is the significance to the Madison Metropolitan School District? For what reason would the Madison Metropolitan School District choose to name a building for this particular geographical site or place of local significance?
  6. If the proposed name is an idea or concept which is a broadly respected community value, what is the significance of this idea or concept to the Madison Metropolitan School District? For what reason would the Madison Metropolitan School District choose to name a building for this particular idea or concept?