Rename George Washington High School after former student and national hero Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou went to George Washington High School in San Francisco. But she was kicked out because she became pregnant, an experience she writes about in her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The high school should be renamed after her.

Maya Angelou is a legendary San Franciscan, poet, and author, and she already is in the Washington High School Hall of Fame. Her name would replace that of a slaveowner whose name is ubiquitous on schools, streets, and buildings

Not only that, at George Washington High School there are racist murals that make up “The Life of Washington.” In one of the murals, Washington points westward over the dead body of a Native American. Another depicts Washington’s slaves, hunched over, working in the fields of Mount Vernon. Yet another shows a Native American with a scalp dangling from his waist. These images aren’t in a museum exhibition about our country's history of racism, but instead are on the walls of a public high school where children learn every day.

There are no schools named after Maya Angelou in San Francisco, her hometown. And there are far too few schools across the country that are named after extraordinary Black female leaders.

Matt Haney, now a San Francisco Supervisor, originally called for this in 2016 when he was a member of the San Francisco School Board, and he received death threats because of it. Our time is now.