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MEDIA ADVISORY: Dolores Huerta Elementary School Celebrates New Name With Namesake Civil Rights Activist

Media Advisory

WHAT 
Dolores Huerta Elementary School will celebrate its new name with SFUSD and City leaders, students and families, community members, and its namesake — labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta — in attendance. The SF Board of Education unanimously approved the school’s name change on Aug. 28, 2018. 

WHEN/WHERE 

Friday, May 17 / 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Dolores Huerta Elementary School / 65 Chenery Street 

Media, please RSVP to Laura Dudnick at (415) 730-0314 or dudnickl@sfusd.edu.

WHO 

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta 
SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews 
SF Board of Education Vice President Mark Sanchez 
Dolores Huerta Elementary Principal Luis Rodriguez 
SF Supervisor Ahsha Safai

 
WHY 
Dolores Huerta has dedicated her life to fighting for the civil and human rights of those who are oppressed or disenfranchised. Along with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers and helped organize the Delano grape strike in 1965. She is also credited with coining the phrase “Sí, se puede.” Dolores Huerta Elementary School is the second K-12 SFUSD school named after a Latinx person (the other is Cesar Chavez Elementary School). 

AUDIO/VISUAL 
Following speeches by SFUSD and City leaders, students will perform and present a gift to Dolores Huerta. 

ABOUT DOLORES HUERTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
Founded circa 1864, Dolores Huerta Elementary School, formerly known as Fairmount Elementary, has educated generations of San Francisco children and, by many accounts, established the first Parent Teacher Association in the state of California. The school has a long history of providing excellent academic opportunities through its schoolwide Spanish Dual Immersion Program, beginning with 80% of instruction in Spanish in kindergarten and decreasing to 50% by 5th grade. Dolores Huerta serves around 400 students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, including English learners, bilingual students, and English proficient students. 

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