Update 2: November 4 Meeting

Following each meeting of the citizens advisory committee, the school renaming email group receives an email recap and an invitation to share their thoughts on the information compiled by the committee as they complete their objectives. Want to join the email group? Sign up here!


Wiseburn Renaming Committee Updates

November 6, 2021 | Leer en español


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November 4 Meeting Recap

At the citizens advisory committee’s first meeting on September 30, many members of the committee requested more information about our school namesakes. To accommodate this request, Wiseburn secured a guest speaker who could explore the history of our namesakes in depth and with context.


Dr. Philip Ethington is a Professor of History, Political Science, and Spatial Sciences in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Chair of the History Department, and Faculty in Residence of New North Residential College, at the University of Southern California. With his knowledge of historical figures and interest in nomenclature, Dr. Ethington delivered an informative and engaging presentation (view slides here) to our committee, which you can also watch by clicking the image below:

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Group Summaries

Following Dr. Ethington’s presentation, committee members were sorted into breakout rooms based on their school site affiliation. In the breakout rooms, the groups continued discussions started during the previous committee meeting about the personal histories of school site namesakes.


Each group had in-depth discussions and took brief notes on a worksheet that compared whether the histories of the namesakes matched up with each of WUSD’s values. The notes compiled in these values assessment worksheets are intended to aid the community and committee in their decision of whether or not the school should be renamed. View the notes by clicking the button below:

Share Your Thoughts

Given what you watched and read above, it’s your turn to share your perspective on the information compiled by the committee. We’d like to know: do you feel the namesakes align with our Wiseburn values? Which school sites do you think should be renamed?


Click to take our quick survey and make your voice heard by November 11:

Questions? Contact Dr. Monique Ingram: mingram@wiseburn.org

Involve Your Community

Want to help spread the word about this process? Grab the image below to post to your social networks and get your fellow community members involved!


Use the hashtag #WUSDRenaming and tell your friends and community members to visit our school renaming information portal at wiseburn.org/renaming.

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Next Committee Meeting

The next citizens advisory committee meeting will be scheduled based on committee member availability. Following the meeting, the renaming email group recap will be distributed to this email list.

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