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DCPS School Naming and Renaming Engagement

In summer 2020, Mayor Bowser formed the District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) Working Group. She charged the group with evaluating named DC government-owned facilities and making recommendations as to what, if any, actions need to be taken if the person the facility is named for is inconsistent with DC values and in some way encouraged the oppression of African Americans and other communities of color or contributed to our long history of systemic racism.

In the group’s executive summary[PDF], released in early September 2020, they recommended renaming 21 DCPS schools and school buildings. By law, DCPS cannot change its school's names. DC Council has the legislative authority to vote to change DCPS school names.

Please visit the following links and view the below attachments for information on previous DCPS school name changes: