Camden City Schools have decided to change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School to Eastside High School (Pictures: Google Maps/Rex)
New Jersey’s Woodrow Wilson High School will be given a new name due to the ‘racist values’ of the former US president it is named after.
The Camden City School District decided to change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School during a school board meeting on Thursday, according to NJ.com.
Beginning when the 2022-2023 school year begins, the school will be called ‘Eastside High School,’ after over 200 students voted in favor of the new moniker.
Community members had previously raised concerns over the school’s namesake, because Wilson, the twenty-eighth US president, ‘expressed and demonstrated racist values,’ Camden School’s Superintendent Katrina McCombs said.
‘The renaming of Woodrow Wilson High School has clearly shown us all to never give up and to continue to push forward until change happens,’ McCombs said during Tuesday’s meeting.
‘Again, I want to say thank you to the committee, to the leadership of the committee and to our students for exercising their voices as well,’ she added.
Choices for a new name were picked by a 10-person committee which submitted choices to a poll, where students then made the final decision.
The district first began mulling over new name options for the school in 2020 after community members expressed concern about the school being named after Wilson. At one point the district considered naming the school after former US Rep. John Lewis and former President Barack Obama.
Camden schools aren’t the first to question whether Wilson, a racist but prominent historical figure, is deserving of such recognition.
Notably, Princeton University scrubbed his name from its School of Public International Affairs in 2020. Wilson had attended the university as a student, worked as faculty and later was appointed its president for eight years.
During his tenure as the University’s president, Wilson not only refused to admit any black students, but erased the earlier admissions of black students from the school’s history, according to the New Republic.
An article by Vox detailing the former Democratic president’s racist ideals said: ‘He was a racist by current standards, and he was a racist by the standards of the 1910s, a period widely acknowledged by historians as the “nadir” of post-Civil War race relations in the United States.’
Wilson died in 1924 at 67-years-old. He served as US president from March 1913 to March 1921 and had previously been governor of New Jersey.
Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at email@example.com.
For more stories like this, check our news page.
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.