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Memorial High School Renaming Proposal

Proposal to Rename James Madison Memorial High School

The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Citizens’ Renaming Committee was on Wednesday, July 7, at 5 p.m. This initial meeting oriented the members to the process, the proposed names, and public feedback to date.

The second meeting was held on Wednesday, August 18. Committee members began their deliberations about the specific proposals and collaborated on ways to narrow the proposals down.

The third meeting was held on Tuesday, August 31. Committee members continue to deliberate and narrow down the proposals. The committee members also voted unanimously to recommend to the Board of Education that the words “Memorial High School” be retained regardless of the name that is put in front of this designation. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14 at 5 p.m.

All the information is available to the public via BoardDocs.

Public input will continue through this web page. Future meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee will also include virtual public appearances on the agenda as the work progresses. The Board of Education policy allows for three-minute statements for those who register ½ hour prior to meetings where public appearances are on the agenda. This is not a dialogue but an opportunity for anyone who registers to make a three-minute statement. When the transition is made to the Board of Education Work Group and Regular meeting agendas, there will be opportunities for additional public appearances.

The remaining proposals include the following 13 names (not in any order):

  • Memorial

  • Bruce Dahmen Memorial

  • Bruce Dahmen

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial

  • Madison Memorial

  • Bayard Rustin

  • Maria Monreal-Cameron

  • Frederick Douglass

  • Vel Phillips

  • John Lewis Memorial

  • Mildred Harnack

  • Electa Quinney

  • Darlene M. Hancock Memorial

We are using our typical channels of communication to get the word out -- including our newsletters, website, Facebook and Twitter, etc.

Targeted communications went out to the Memorial student body and the Memorial community at large, including members of the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization .

We continue to seek your feedback via the following web form.

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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?