October 15, 2009

School Board Seeks Input on Name for New School


In the fall of 2010, the San Leandro Unified School District will open its new ninth grade campus. School Board Trustees are in the process of talking to community groups to encourage widespread community input.

The ninth grade campus is part of a $109 million school bond passed by voters in 2006. Other projects include an arts education center with classrooms and a 550-seat theater, an expansion of the high school library, a new high school parking lot, and modernization of restrooms, roofs, and heating systems throughout the district.

The guidelines for submissions are that the name must be:

- Individuals, living or deceased, who have made outstanding contributions to the county or community.
- Individuals, living or deceased, who have made contributions of state, national or worldwide signi´Čücance.
- The geographic area in which the school or building is located.

The guidelines are part of Board Policy 7310 and are similar to guidelines at other school districts.

Submissions must be 150 words or less and the deadline is November 18, 2009. Suggestions can be submitted by email to newcampus@sanleandro.k12.ca.us or by mail to: Board of Education, 9th Grade Campus Naming, 14735 Juniper Street, San Leandro, CA 94579.

The San Leandro School Board will begin deliberations on the selection at its meetings in December 2009.

All of the elementary schools are named after Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, James Monroe, James Madison, and Theodore Roosevelt. The middle schools are named after naturalist John Muir and H.P. Bancroft, a secretary for Breed & Bancroft, a local real estate company and developer. The high school is named after San Leandro and the continuation high school school is named for Abraham Lincoln.

The application is available at http://www.sanleandro.k12.ca.us/pdfs/Measure%20B/9thGradeNaming.pdf

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 15, 2009 10:34 PM | TrackBack

I don't think it requires a new name. In Merced, when there was a Freshman-only campus, it was known as - Merced High - East Campus. Giving this high school a different name serves no purpose than confuse people that San Leandro has two high schools, when it reality--it will really just have one with two campuses. Sounds like this idea came up so that city sycophants can nominate Jack Maltester to have his name on something. It really ought to be named after Deborah Cox who was instrumental in passing the bond to get it built.

Posted by: Frank at October 19, 2009 9:07 PM


We recognize that the ninth grade campus will not be a second high school, and, as you noted with Merced, the campus will be named "San Leandro High School, ______ Campus."

The idea for naming the campus had absolutely nothing to do with Maltester or with any other person in mind. Your suggestion is welcome as well.

Posted by: Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 19, 2009 9:18 PM
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