Hopkins School District Starts Process to Rename Lindbergh Center
The school board for Hopkins Public Schools voted Tuesday to form a task force to consider a name change for the Lindbergh Center, the Hopkins High School gym named after famous Minnesota aviator Charles Lindbergh.
The idea for a name change came at the urging of community members who pointed out Lindbergh’s views on race and ties to anti-Semitism.
Faith leaders, staff, students and city leaders were part of a committee that investigated the possible name change, said Dre Jefferson, facility use coordinator for Hopkins schools.
In addition to changing the building name, the city of Minnetonka would change the street name Lindbergh Drive as well.
At a May 18 work session Jefferson went over the process for a name change. One estimate puts the cost to replace signage on school property at about $50,000. There would also be challenges in changing all the documents pertaining to the school’s address.
“It’s going to be a big overhaul for us to change that, specifically as it relates to the address of the High School, more so than the name of the Lindbergh Center,” said Jefferson at the May 18 work session.
The Hopkins School Board says it could take about a year to come up with a new name.
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