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Editorial: Dixie board should lead name-change decision
By MARIN IJ EDITORIAL BOARD |
October 24, 2018 at 10:00 am
Over the years the names of Marin public schools and their districts have changed a lot. Most of the changes were the result of changing times, most often the consolidation of smaller districts.
For many years, the Clark School District served children in West Marin, until it merged with the Tomales School District is 1943. Today, the area it drew children from is served by the Shoreline Unified School District.
Same for the Garcia, Shafter, Pierce and Halleck (named for Union general Henry Halleck) school districts that governed public schools in West Marin. All were named for Marin pioneers, some of whom are remembered by other landmarks such as a bridge, ranch or prominent spot on the map.
The Eastland School District was formed in Mill Valley in 1892 and was merged with the Mill Valley School District.
In 1913, the Ross Landing School District changed its name to the Kentfield School District.
Today, most of the names of Marin school districts reflect their geographic location.
A long-standing anomaly is the Dixie School District, started in 1864 in the schoolhouse built by pioneer rancher James Miller.
Although Marin was a Union hotbed during the Civil War, according to the Old Dixie Schoolhouse web page, the district got its name on a dare from Southern sympathizers who had helped build the schoolhouse that Miller came to name “Dixie.” See the full article HERE
Why not commit to a year of community discussion with the goal of understanding both sides of the debate?
I doubt we will have any more "proof" than we have today.