After months of deliberation and public input, the Burbank Unified school board unanimously voted to change the name of David Starr Jordan Middle School on Thursday. The school’s now-former namesake was a proponent of eugenics.
David Starr Jordan, the first chancellor of Stanford, has proved controversial because of his support of eugenics. At the local school in Burbank, community members have talked for months about changing the name.
Close to 80 people filled David Starr Jordan Middle School’s auditorium on Wednesday evening to debate the merits of whether the campus should change a name it’s held for 71 years. The debate took place during the second meeting of the Burbank Unified Facilities-Naming Committee.
The Burbank Unified School District's facilities-naming committee decided to hold another meeting rather than vote to rename David Starr Jordan Middle School after a low turnout for the group's first meeting.
While the board of education is hosting only one regular meeting on Jan. 17, the month has several hot-button special meetings, forums and town halls, beginning Jan. 23.
Seventy years after David Starr Jordan Middle School was christened, Burbank resides will have input on whether the institution should change its name. The Burbank Unified naming facilities committee will meet at district headquarters and hold a talk on whether to keep or drop Jordan.
The Burbank Unified district, however, continued its slow, unprecedented move toward responding to community requests for such action by finalizing its Facilities Naming Committee on Sept. 20.
The Burbank Unified board voted 4-0 to finalize guidelines for the creation of a Facilities Naming Committee, which would handle public requests for the naming or remaining of district buildings or facilities.
The Burbank Unified board is scheduled to vote at Thursday’s meeting on whether to accept a change to the school’s naming of facility policy (BP 7310) for district schools, district-owned or leased buildings, grounds, and facilities.