Tacoma man wants Wilson Elementary renamed because of president’s history

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Wilson Elementary in Spokane. (SPOKANESCHOOLS.ORG)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma man wants Spokane Public Schools to rename Wilson Elementary because he says the 28th president was a segregationist and a racist.

The Spokesman-Review newspaper reports the former president’s policies and views on race have bothered Dan Hasty for years.

He lives near Tacoma’s Woodrow Wilson High School and has also sent a letter to the Tacoma school board asking for a name change.

The school board in Spokane says it will consider his request, but a district spokesman said the likelihood of change is slim.

The principal of Wilson Elementary, Tony Ressa, said in an email that in his eight years in that job he’s never heard of any criticism of the school’s name, which it was given in 1922.

Tacoma Public Schools spokesman Dan Voelpel said the district will not change the name of the high school there. A similar call was made by a teacher in Portland to change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School there, with similar results.

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