San Francisco Considers Jerry Garcia as Namesake of Local School

January 28, 2021
San Francisco Considers Jerry Garcia as Namesake of Local School

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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Jerry Garcia is among the individuals being considered in a new push to rename up to a third of the city’s schools.

After the measure was passed by the SF school board on Jan. 26, the city can move forward on renaming 44 institutions to “reconsider the country’s racist past and eliminate the name of slave owners and colonizers” from schools, including those currently named for former president (and slave-owner) Thomas Jefferson and former SF mayor (and segregationist) Adolph Sutro.

In addition to Garcia – who was born in San Francisco and famously formed the Grateful Dead in the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood – former president Barack Obama and poet Maya Angelou are among those name-checked as potential school namesakes.

“This is an opportunity for our students to learn about the history of our school’s names, including the potential new ones,” said school board president Gabriela López in a press statement. “This resolution came to the school board in the wake of the attacks in Charlottesville, and we are working alongside the rest of the country to dismantle symbols of racism and white supremacy culture. I am excited about the ideas schools will come up with.”

Read the full story via the San Francisco Chronicle here.