On April 26, 2021, the Board of Education appointed a committee of 12 people, plus two alternates, to serve on a citizens’ renaming ad hoc committee for the purpose of considering a name change for Memorial High School. This ad hoc committee will convene once we have gathered input from the community on the proposed names. 

The proposed names follow below and are not in any particular order. We ask that you fill in the comment form at the bottom of this web page which will be open until May 31, 2021.  We thank you for your input.

  • Memorial High School

  • Dr. Percy L. Julian Memorial High School

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Bruce Dahmen Memorial High School

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial High School

  • Madison Memorial High School

  • Woke High School

  • Bayard Rustin

  • Maria Monreal-Cameron

  • James Madison Memorial High School

  • Frederick Douglass High School

  • Harriet Tubman Memorial High School

  • Otis Redding

  • Vel Phillips

  • Milton McPike Memorial High School

  • John Lewis Memorial High School

  • Mildred Harnack

  • Electa Quinney High School

  • John Muir Memorial High School

  • Madison Learning Academy

  • Mary McLeod Bethune

  • Marsha P. Johnson Memorial

  • Darlene M. Hancock Memorial High School

  • Vel Phillips Memorial High School

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.

Download this process flowchart.

School naming 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?

You may download the Proposal Criteria here.     

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