Sacramento school to be renamed in honor of volunteer

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 - 10:05 am

Jedediah Smith Elementary School will be renamed in honor of school volunteer Leataata "Taata" Floyd, Sacramento City Unified School District trustees voted unanimously last week.

School leaders at Jedediah Smith Elementary began pushing earlier this year for a name change, citing the fact that the explorer, among other things, owned slaves.

Floyd, 70, hosts a popular after-school tutoring and hula dance class at Jedediah Smith Elementary, which is at 401 McClatchy Way next to two sprawling low- income public housing developments south of downtown.

"In the month of October, we will do a soft roll-out with the name change," said school principal Billy Aydlett. "We will have a block party at the school celebrating what Leataata has done for the neighborhood and school."

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