I taught at Jordan Junior High for 25 years before transferring to Burroughs when the BUSD reconfigured and Jordan became a middle school. I have watched the issue of David Starr Jordan’s beliefs, not uncommon when the school was opened some 70 years ago, lately being called into question. As a result, our board of education recently voted unanimously to change the name of the school.
I suggest Amelia Earhart Middle School. Miss Earhart’s home in Toluca Lake during the latter stage of her life qualifies her as a local resident worthy of being honored. America’s foremost aviatrix, she would be the first female to be recognized with the naming of a Burbank school, thereby moving our community forward in current efforts to equalize the genders in society while also acknowledging Burbank’s important role in aviation history.