The Falls Church City College Board elected to select a brand-new name for the city secondary school in reaction to George Mason having enslaved individuals.


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The Falls Church City Institution Board elected to alter the name to Meridian Secondary school since the city of Falls Church gets on the initial 1791 meridian defining the line in between Washington, D.C., as well as Virginia. (Emily Leayman/priziv. org)

DROPS CHURCH, VA-- The Falls Church City College Board elected Tuesday to transform the name of George Mason Senior High School to Meridian Secondary School and also Thomas Jefferson Elementary to Oak Road Elementary.


The board participants stated they sustained altering the name to Meridian Senior high school due to the fact that the city of Falls Church gets on the initial 1791 meridian defining the line in between Washington, D.C., as well as Virginia.

The institution board likewise stated the word "meridian" identifies the college"s lengthy background of enlightening worldwide people via the International Bachelor's Degree Program.


The board chosen Oak Road Elementary due to the fact that it is the college"s initial name, stimulates a local color and also identifies just how trees are crucial natural environments of Falls Church.

The brand-new names will certainly work July 1.


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The choice adheres to a 10-month decision-making procedure. The initial stage of the procedure was a six-month reconsideration of the institutions" names based upon the college department"s plans on equity as well as incorporation. Both institutions, under their present names, honor Starting Daddies that possessed enslaved individuals.

Last December, the Falls Church City Institution Board elected all to alter both names as well as marked Superintendent Peter Noonan to develop 2 advising research study boards to suggest 5 names for every institution.

The boards consisted of neighborhood participants, team, trainees as well as graduates.


On Tuesday, the board all picked Oak Road Elementary. The finalists for the brand-new name of Thomas Jefferson Grade School were Mattie Gundry Grade School, Oak Road Grade School, The Little City Primary School, Tripps Run Primary School, and also Fact and also Justice Grade School.

The last prospects for the brand-new name of George Mason Secondary School were Tinner Hillside Secondary School, Meridian Secondary School, Metropolitan Senior High School, City Sight Senior High School as well as West End Secondary School.

The board participants elected 5-2 to alter the name of George Mason Senior High School to Meridian Senior High School. Board participants Edwin B. Henderson II as well as Philip Reitinger elected versus altering the name to Meridian Senior high school.

Throughout Tuesday"s conversation, Henderson, that sustained choosing Tinner Hillside Secondary school as the brand-new name, claimed he obtained an e-mail from a homeowner that additionally sustained the Tinner Hillside name.

The individual created that Tinner Hillside would certainly commemorate individuals that took on partition in Falls Church and also the bordering location, Henderson stated. And also transforming the name to Tinner Hillside would certainly remain in line with the factor that inspired the choice to transform the name of the college far from somebody that had enslaved individuals.


The Tinner Hillside location of Falls Church has actually been acknowledged as being the area where the very first country branch of the National Organization for the Innovation of Colored Individuals in the USA.

"The Tinner as well as Henderson family members contributed fit the Falls Church City we understand today, including their initiatives to desegregate our colleges," the choice board claimed in its reason for consisting of Tinner Hillside Senior high school as one of the 5 finalists. "They stand for the sort of forward-thinking public participation we wish our pupils will certainly mimic. Tinner Hillside Secondary school will certainly incorporate city background and also variety."

Board participant Philip Reitinger, that liked the name West Falls Church Secondary school, claimed he was opposed to calling the college Tinner Hillside due to the fact that the college is not situated in the Tinner Hillside location of Falls Church. He likewise stated he believed Meridian seemed as well common.

Elisabeth Snyder, the pupil rep on the institution board, claimed the leading 2 selections amongst pupils as well as personnel at George Mason Senior High School were Meridian and also a by-product of West Falls Church.