#NameItClemente

School Advisory Committee

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On February 25, the Orange County School Board decided to retire the Jackson name from Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

We surveyed the community around the school, and fifty-five percent were in favor of renaming the middle school after Roberto Clemente.

Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican MLB player who not only broke dozens of records, but was a champion for the Latino community. He dedicated significant philanthropic efforts to children in Puerto Rico, across the USA and Latin America. He also served the country in the USMC reserves, always helping people in need. On New Year’s eve, Clemente made the ultimate sacrifice, losing his life on a risky relief mission to Nicaragua after a terrible earthquake in Managua in 1972.

The School Advisory Council (SAC) will depend on community input when recommending a new name to the school board. Clemente's story and legacy serves as an inspiration to young adults and would be the perfect name for the school. Add your name to let the SAC know you support renaming the school to Roberto Clemente Middle School.

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Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player who served as an important leader and role model to his community. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and won Golden Glove awards in multiple seasons. He dedicated significant philanthropic efforts with children in Puerto Rico, across the USA and Latin America.

Clemente also served the country in the USMC reserves, always helping people in need. On New Year’s eve 1972, Clemente made the ultimate sacrifice, losing his life on a risky relief mission to Nicaragua after a terrible earthquake in Managua. He was a father, husband and an incredible role model across generations.

Our team at Alianza surveyed the surrounding community of Stonewall Jackson Middle School, and fifty-five percent of the population agreed in renaming the school to Roberto Clemente.

Clemente's story and legacy serves as an inspiration to young adults and would be the perfect name for the school. Schools are places of learning, and this one serves a population where three out of four of the children are of Latino or Hispanic descent. Roberto Clemente represents the Azalea Park community. What's more, there is not a single school that bears the name of a Latino figure in Orange County.

Please rename the school to Roberto Clemente Middle School, a name we can all be proud of.