♥️ In 1968 after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated on April 4, the #PPS
students of Highland School petitioned the #Portland
school board to change the school’s name, to Martin Luther King, Jr. The board approved the request on April 24. “The school was one of the first, if not the very first school in the country named after Dr. King & Coretta Scott King also gave her permission to change the school's name,” Principal Sage said.
Archive photos from 1968 show students right after the announcement, hanging paper banners that read, ‘Martin Luther King Jr. School,’ over the existing Highland School signs. However a few Highland signs exist today. The #PortlandPublicSchool
Board should approve amending the old signage & to include “Dr.” Martin Luther King, Jr. as the students & PTSA have requested. There are many places where the shortened version of the school name “King” exist too. Like this IG auto tag/location / signage at school etc. The school’s name identification & identity needs to be corrected. @ppsimages
Also per the school’s open letter to the #PPS
board last May 2018:
should address their critically broken promises to the school’s students & their families:
Broken promise 1: Right-sized boundaries that give our students a chance. Our school’s boundary remains the smallest in all of Portland. This is on top the legacy of historical injustices such as redlining, which prevents people of color from having access to home ownership, and current trends in gentrification and displacement that have created a hole in our community.
Since the advent of the district-wide enrollment balancing effort in 2014, the Portland School Board has been promising to adjust boundaries that define which families will be served by elementary schools in Northeast Portland. That promise is still unfulfilled. Why? The smaller our boundary, the lower the enrollment and the fewer resources we have for our students. (TBC on link)
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