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Students launch new push to name Auburn High School after Harriet Tubman

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Some students are asking that Auburn High School be renamed Harriet Tubman High School to honor the iconic abolitionist and former city resident.

Some students are asking that Auburn High School be renamed Harriet Tubman High School to honor the iconic abolitionist and former city resident. Jane Oliver, one of the student representatives currently serving on the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education, brought up the suggestion at the board's meeting Tuesday night.

Oliver, daughter of Auburn Junior High School Principal David Oliver, said she emailed the board the day before about an initiative from students to rename the high school after Tubman. Jane Oliver acknowledged there have been past unsuccessful attempts at this same change.

She said the students advocating for the change hope that even if the renaming did happen, sport teams would still retain the "Auburn" part of their names. She also acknowledged the fact that the district's administration building, on 78 Thornton Ave. , is named after Tubman. "Let's be honest: No one makes the connection between the two," Oliver continued.

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