February 5th, 2009
02:05 PM ET
5 years ago

NY school officially named after President

Students line up at the official ceremony to unveil the Barack Obama Elementary School sign.
Students line up at the official ceremony to unveil the Barack Obama Elementary School sign.

(CNN) - Students at former Ludlum Elementary School made history when their school became the first in the nation to be renamed after President Barack Obama. It’s virtually unheard of to name an educational institution after a sitting president. Students and parents gathered for the official name change ceremony Wednesday morning where the “Barack Obama Elementary School” sign was unveiled.

During the campaign season, the children became interested in the election, participating in mock presidential debates at the Long Island elementary school - which sits in close proximity to Hofstra University, the site of the final presidential debate.

They began the movement to officially change their school’s name to honor the 44th president. Following the election, the Hempstead School Board voted unanimously to adopt the resolution after students read their written requests to make the name change permanent.

After the inauguration, all 466 students received navy sweatshirts from the school with the words “Yes We Can” emblazoned in English and Spanish. The school is roughly 60 percent Hispanic and 40 percent African-American.

President Obama was invited to the ceremony, but was unable to attend.


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soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. WHINE WHNE WHINE!!!

    TOTALLY RIDICULOUS!!! stop worshiping this man – he doesn't walk on water and hasn't done anything to make him worthy of having anything named after him. The media need to stop worshiping this man. He's just a man, not a supreme being.

    February 5, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Caleb

    I think it is a little too soon to be naming something after him. What if he turns out to be a terrible president. I hope not, but he has only been in office for a couple of weeks. Let's use our heads and not just our hearts.

    February 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Not So Republican

    Erin, Obama has proved plenty and more to come.

    February 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Barack wins and America collectively loses.

    I guess half the students are happy

    February 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Sarty

    Good for you kids. Nice to have a hero ye. Study hard.

    February 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Debby

    I guess if they can name Airports after Presidents why not schools.

    February 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. mike

    I'm a lifelong democrat and I voted for Obama because I believed his message of change and hope after 8 years of Bush. However, after seeing what he has done since being in office (hiring tax cheats, trying to push this wasteful socialist "stimulus" package on us, turning up the thermostat in the WH while telling us to turn ours down). What a hypocrite!!! I hope you all are doing your homework into the “stimulus” package. A 1500 dollar tax credit for ILLEGAL ALIENS??? I'm having buyer’s remorse about Obama. I think we've been had and I’m really worried about the future of this country. I think one party in control is very dangerous (especially with the likes of Pelosi on the Dems side).

    February 5, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Sharon Kitchen

    That is 466 more children with a positive image of a president.
    Hope is good.
    Way to go kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. TjayeInLA

    This is great...even though I thought you had to be dead for something like this....

    And OMFG!!!...why are you Republicans are so hateful and angry? He is inspiring – get over it. We believe in him and his ideas – GET OVER IT!! It's okay that you disagree, but do you have to be so nasty about people who simply see it differently? Even Dems gave Bush respect UNTIL he put the economy in the crapper and killed nearly 6000 of our troops with a bogus war.

    You believed in Bush BEFORE he proved himself. Why are you so rude and nasty about people being happy about someone you don't agree with? It just makes you look so childish. Who could respect your views when you absolutely refuse to show respect for others?

    February 5, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Afa Adam

    I think hatred is only for loosers.. those who have not archieve anything meaningful in life become hatred of the success of others.

    CMD, I think you one of them. These kids are more intelligent and will be successful in life than you. Take a deep breath, then go back to see where you tripped but not where you fell.

    Have a good day.

    February 5, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Justin from New Haven,CT

    kind of premature IMO

    February 5, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. An American

    Hey, can we get a day off for "Obama Day". Let's make it a national holiday shall we.!!!!

    February 5, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Legend in his own mind

    Doesn't the president have to be dead first?

    February 5, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. KaMpBell_BrOwN_SuX

    better sounding than Ludlum.

    February 5, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. person

    Good. it's better than naming it "W". since he is the dumbest prez in US history.

    February 5, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. thefletch

    low class and unimportant

    February 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. TCM

    What a disgrace this country has become with the election.

    February 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. obama all the way

    it's amazing how our school children seem to have more respect for our president than our so- called leaders of the republican party do, bless these children, what an honor for President Obama.

    February 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. elsie

    Oh, grow up. I live near Jimmy Carter Blvd. and everybody hates him.

    February 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ Whine Whine Whine

    Please. If the GOP didn't worship Reagan as some sort of Christ figure, that line of blabber would perhaps score a point of two, but as it is, it's just more hypocrisy from the GOP.

    February 5, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Griff

    The Obama Drama School, of Confusion??

    February 5, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. TCM

    All 466 students received sweatshirts honoring obama...makes me wonder:
    1. How many of their parents are working with ACORN
    2. Who paid for the sweatshirts?
    3. What if McCAin would've won, would they have changed the school's name...? No? Because he's done nothing? Hm...and Obama has?

    This is simply typical of the shallow, liberal mindset.

    February 5, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Give Me a Break

    They'll change the name again after 4 years.

    Isn't it great that "educators" are forcing their political views on such impressionable minds?

    Keep up the good work "teachers."

    February 5, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Indigo

    I'm with you not so republican. What a great honor for kids to even be so aware and in tune that they would want to name their school after the president. What a great honor!! And a child shall lead.

    February 5, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. john q patriot

    "I think it's very cool that elementary school kids had the opportunity to be involved and become interested in politics!"

    No, these kids were not educated in politics or 100% of them would not have voted the same. They were indoctrinated into socialism based on feelings not facts.

    February 5, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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