Rename Polk


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Mission of the project

James K. Polk does not represent the ideals of our school district. He used Manifest Destiny, the idea that some people are superior and more deserving based on the color of their skin, to wage an unjust war and steal land from Mexicans and Indigenous. He also owned slaves and opposed abolition. Having my school named after Polk makes me feel unwelcome and disgusted. There are plenty of honorable people of color who have done great things for our community who should be honored instead. Central Unified should do what is right and stop celebrating a person who is not a role model for our community. Central Unified's student body is 85% students of color. It is time to celebrate a person of color by naming my school after someone like Maria Moreno who was the first woman farm laborer to be hired as a union organizer. When we see people like us being celebrated, it makes us feel like we can accomplish great things. We should change the mascot to the axolotls, an amphibian known for its ability to regenerate body parts. This encourages us to seek continuous growth, promotes healing, and will help raise awareness about their endangered status.

Latest Information

The committee to study school names and mascots is gathering information through community input sessions and a community survey (Click here for more info). If you cannot make it to a community input session, please complete the survey

Effort 1

Read the first article about my project. (By Kiera Kaiser- The kNOw Youth Media

Effort 2

Read the article about my presentation to the board and their unwillingness to vote.

Central Unified in Fresno must honor school renaming effort _ The Fresno Bee.pdf
11-9 3A 2 Fresno lists change names,mascots.pdf
10-28 4A Cen Unified review school names mascots.pdf
9-21 Bee 2A.pdf

Proposed School Logo


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