Naming of District Facilities
Naming Schools and Facilities
The Board of Trustees names district schools and facilities. In general, schools are named for people who have attained prominence locally or nationally based on contributions to the public in recognized fields such as education, science, medicine, law, art, government, business, justice, civil rights, human rights or military achievement; early pioneers of Dallas or the state of Texas; or presidents of the United States; or distinctive geographic locations.
Students and other residents of the district shall be called upon to nominate people representing all cultures that may be considered for school names.
Guidelines for naming schools and facilities:
- Names of living persons shall not be considered except under special circumstances.
- A nominee must have made a significant contribution to society.
- A nominee should lend prestige and status to an institution of learning.
- Nominations shall be made with a brief, three-paragraph, written statement containing:
- biographical data
- significant contributions
- statement of why a school should be named after the person
When deemed unusual or appropriate, the board may take steps to rename school facilities or portions thereof. An appropriate use of the former name should be determined before the change is made. In renaming a facility or portion of one, the provisions set forth above shall be followed.
Recommendations for name changes shall be received at any time during the year and referred to the administration for comments and input from the school community involved. The board shall review all such proposals and input at its February Board Briefing Meeting and shall vote on any recommendation to the full board at its March Regular Board Meeting. Proposed changes must be submitted before January 1 to be included in that year’s consideration process.
Naming Portions of Buildings
At its discretion, the board may name portions of a building, such as a library or auditorium, for people of prominence, whether living or dead. Guidelines listed above shall apply in such cases with the exception of the first one.
New school buildings and major additions to facilities shall be dedicated at a public and formal ceremony. A program or open house will be held to which the board, residents, parents, and students are invited. All plans for the public or formal opening of schools shall be made in cooperation with the principal.
Detailed procedures for dedication ceremonies shall be furnished to the principal by the Communication Services Department.
The Dallas Independent School District, as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression or any other basis protected by law in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment decisions. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, as well as board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
If you suspect discrimination please contact: Carma Hoskins, Title VII and Title IX, at (972) 925-5319; Erin Y. Gracey, Section 504, at (972) 581-4238; Diedrae Bell-Hunter, Americans with Disabilities Act, at (972) 925-4026; or Employee Relations at (972) 925-4200. General questions about the district should be directed to Customer Service at (972) 925-5555. En español