Rename Woodrow Wilson High School (D.C.) to Peter Cahall High School

Rename Woodrow Wilson High School (D.C.) to Peter Cahall High School

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Matt Grimm started this petition to D.C. Public Schools and

Peter J. Cahall was a teacher, coach and principal who positively influenced tens of thousands of young adults in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia during a public service career that spanned from the nineteen-eighties to the twenty-teens. Pete left schools better than he found them by his own example of hard work, tenacity, and strategic business acumen. 

It is well known that he loved his scholars without any regard for their station in life. But at the same time, he put his life’s best work into lifting up kids who the system and society might have otherwise left to fend for themselves. That was particularly true in 2014, when Pete, in front of the Wilson High School student body, D.C. mayor and press gaggle, set aside his self-described, lifelong fear of rejection and humiliation and came out as a “proud gay man.” The usual suspects cried foul, which is fine, because to each, their own. But, if you were a different kid for whatever reason, at that moment, you were inspired knowing that if Pete Cahall had the courage to do what he did, you had no good excuse for not being the best and most true version of yourself.

This petition seeks to change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School to Peter Cahall High School. Woodrow Wilson has been unsurprisingly cast as a President with segregationist policies, because of his postbellum upbringing in the South. Moreover, Wilson’s name is already memorialized on other public structures in the region, namely our largest bridge; and, it is unlikely his stature will be in any way harmed by the removal of his name from a school. On the other hand, Pete Cahall’s name and memory evoke the principles of fairness, inclusivity, diversity, progress and civility, in our modern world. The character of the person bearing that name stands out as a worthy and timely alternative to Wilson at this moment in our civic history. Thank you for your support.

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