Palo Alto may join a growing number of towns and campuses that are renaming buildings over the troubling legacies left by their namesakes. The Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education is set to vote Tuesday evening whether to rename Jordan Middle School and Terman Middle School because they were named after prominent advocates of eugenics. As the names of important buildings are debated in Palo Alto and across the nation, should their namesakes be weighed against modern values or does doing so risk erasing community history?
Sara Armstrong, member of the advisory committee recommending the renaming of two Palo Alto middle schools; parent of a student at Terman Middle School
Matt Haney, president, San Francisco Board of Education
James Livingston, professor of history, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Pitch Johnson, member of the advisory committee on the renaming of two Palo Alto middle schools