After more than 60 years of being named for an active promoter of Massive Resistance to desegregation and FCPS's second longest FCPS Superintendent, W.T. Woodson High School is undergoing a renaming process which includes opportunity for public input:
Complete the online feedback form (September 15-October 12, 12 p.m.)
Attend the Public Hearing at Luther Jackson Middle School (October 10, 5:30 p.m.)
The School Board will vote to initiate the school name change October 12, which will kickoff a second round of community engagement.
Woodson High School students, parents, and community members have long demanded a name change.
4 Public Education reported on the history of W.T. Woodson's namesake in A Tale of Two Woodsons. Historic records demonstrate W.T. Woodson’s endorsement of Massive Resistance, including 1959 comments that desegregating schools is not fair and “highly improper and infringes on human rights.”
4 Public Education and others have recommended potential new names, including Carter G. Woodson, a fellow Virginian and educator, who supported public education for all people and whose efforts continue to contribute to American society and culture.
Whether you are a current Woodson family, Woodson alumni, or neighbor, please consider participating in the renaming process.