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Letter: Never rename Auburn High School

Letter: Never rename Auburn High School

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Auburn history sanctifies our Auburn High School name.

"Have we disregarded history and 'all' it teaches?" A concerted, respectable effort, via young Auburn High School students, are lobbying/suggesting our Auburn High School building be renamed Harriet Tubman High School. Upon listening to local dialogue and reading recent editorial commentaries, my Maroon blood needs to defend not renaming Auburn High School! Our Auburn community has embraced Harriet Tubman and honored her legacy with branding, as follows:

• Harriet Tubman's South Street property is a national park property

• Harriet's attended church is receiving federal renovation funding

• A life-size statue of Harriet is erected outside our Auburn heritage building

• Streets/avenues are labeled using Harriet Tubman's name

Auburn (especially those with limited history recall) seems to demonstrate unrelated historical hysteria, via suggesting our Auburn High School building be renamed or re-branded. As I reflect or ponder the many incredible accomplishments of many Auburnians who could be considered for branding our educational buildings (or properties), why have our Auburn community leaders not come forth to bestow deserved honor? Maybe time is overdue for our Auburn Educational Foundation to strongly suggest integrating accomplished Auburnians into yearly lesson plans, per upgrading curriculum.

Our future Auburn students need to know those Auburn natives of accomplishment who were born, raised and educated in Auburn, New York. It is time to recognize Auburn leaders of accomplishment from professional fields of endeavor. Let's equate important recognition when it comes to honoring individuals who have established permanent benchmarks in the fields of science, religion, medicine, literature, music, law, social justice, government, business, art, education and philanthropy. Our Auburn community has saturated, to a point, branding or recognizing Harriet Tubman (rightly so). I am and have been in support of what recognition and accomplishments Harriet Tubman has earned and endured, especially during one of our nation's most challenging periods.

However, let us (Auburn) even the important field of recognition when it comes to honoring those Auburn individuals who have contributed permanent benchmarks. I commend all (AHS students, plus) who have taken an interest in recognizing Harriet Tubman's decision to spend her concluding years of life in Auburn. We can dig a little deeper in Auburn's history, present and past, for subdued accomplishments making humanity better than before. Lastly, it is incumbent of me and all Auburn High School graduates to stand by and never rename Auburn High School, moreover, in defense for the thousands who have performed on fields of endeavor while wearing our identity, Auburn Maroon and White.

Charles "Zinc" LaDouce



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