My colleague, Kim Bradford, and I worked up pro-con editorials running today on whether a new Tacoma middle school on the East Side should be named after Barack Obama. (I argue yes, she argues no.)
In checking with education reporter Kris Sherman, we learned that only two Tacoma schools are named for people of color. Do you know who they are? See below for the answer.
Another African-American candidate officials might want to consider is ragtime great Joe Jordan (pictured). I know that his name is on the Lincoln High School arts center (along with that of Lincoln alum and trumpet virtuoso Ray Cummings). But he’d be a good candidate for greater recognition. He collaborated with W.C. Handy, led military bands during World War II and was a successful Tacoma businessman. Read more about him here.
So which two Tacoma schools are named for people of color?
Helen Stafford Elementary (African American)
Jerry Meeker Middle School (native American)