After about 4 decades of being named for teacher William E. Fanning, a grade school in the Brea Olinda Unified School District will now be called the Falcon Academy of Science and Innovation.
The modification ends a number of years of public argument over whether the school must bear the name of an individual some are worried might have had ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
An indication sits outside the Fanning Academy of Science & Innovation in Brea, CA on Monday
Fanning’s descendants have absolutely declined the concept he was a KKK member, saying it simply doesn’t comport with the guy they understood, with the teacher who advocated versus segregation in regional schools, however last week they asked the school board to remove his name from the primary school so the district can focus on more crucial things. The board all voted to honor the household’s request on Tuesday, July 7, and drew a brand-new name from the school’s mascot.
Fanning taught and served as a principal and superintendent for the Brea district from 1914 to 1942.
An archived list of supposed Klan members in Orange County and articles about it in the OC Weekly led a group of moms and dads to petition the district to alter the school’s name. In early 2019, the school board settled on a brand-new name– Fanning Academy of Science and Innovation– showing the school’s new focus on computer science, however some board members stated they didn’t believe there sufficed proof tying Fanning to the KKK to justify erasing him from the school.
On Tuesday, board member Carrie Flanders stated she didn’t see the elimination of Fanning’s name from the school as an event for anyone to state victory.
“This is the Fanning household’s story to compose and their choice to make,” she stated. “By withdrawing their name from our school, they have given William E. Fanning the regard and dignity he is worthy of.”