Potential name change for School 12 in Rochester
Rochester NY – The Rochester City School District held a public meeting Monday regarding the name of the current James P.B. Duffy School 12.
More than 300 people have signed a petition to rename the school after Frederick Douglas. The school is located on the former site of the Douglas’ home, which burned down in 1872.
School Board President, Van White says that the proposal has been in the works for several years. The school is considering several names, which include combinations of Fredrick Douglass and his wife, Anna Douglass.
"This meeting was very helpful, this hearing was very productive," said White, "because you heard themes about the importance of the name-communicating, the importance of family, and how family can affect the destiny of a person, or even a school. So, I thought this meeting, overwhelmingly, people were supportive of it, but I think through this hearing, we were able to determine why people are supportive and what their vision is."
Community members were welcomed to the podium tonight to voice their opinions on the name change.
White stated that the board may be making the decision at upcoming meetings in May or June.