February 5th, 2009
02:05 PM ET
6 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. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    gosh you righties will whine about ANYTHING!! Must be a miserable life you have being so bitter and all. Let them name their school after President Obama, Michelle, Pres Bush, whoever they please. Maybe we'll find one that will name a school after Sarah Palin or better yet "Joe the Plumber"! Then maybe you all will stop the whinning.

    then again you'll find something else to moan about I'm sure.

    February 5, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Tom Peters

    Can anyone say inculcation?

    February 5, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I believe this happened because his nomination as President is history and the words "yes we can" goes beyond just running the country, it says to these kids that if you put your mind to it anything is possible. Look past the politics, success, mistakes etc and look at his nomination as history in the making and accept the fact the a Black Man (1/2 white by the way) is President.

    February 5, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. no corporate politics

    Messiah hype out of control. People are saying "stop being critical of the pres. until he can prove himself." The flip side is "stop honoring him before he has proven himself"

    If worship is OK, criticism is OK too.

    February 5, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. analise

    Sickening. Reminds me of Hitler's Regime. This man hasn't done ANYTHING for us yet. He can be the worst president in all of History as far as we know. He's Not Jesus. He's just a regular old corrupted politician.

    February 5, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Canadian soccer mom

    There's a lot of unnecessary negativity in these comments. Why this would bother anyone, is what I don't understand.
    I think the idea is wonderful and appropriate. Obama has already taught them "Yes you can" too.

    February 5, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Lyle

    I hope they keep the Ludlum Elementary School sign stored away in the basement as they may need it again in the future. This is a sad and terribly misguided move which sends the wrong message to children. Renaming this school for Mr. Obama is nothing more than Idol Worship at this point.

    February 5, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. jaye

    This is just cool! Kdos to President Obama.
    And to think California wanted to name a sewage plant after president Bush. LOL

    February 5, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. carlo

    I really wish you people would s.t.f.u. Obama overcame a mountain of obstacles to become the first black president in this nation's history. Some of you losers refuse to give the man credit for anything. 67 million people agree with me.

    February 5, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Come on...

    I understand the points about him only being president a few weeks but I think naming the school after him is more about him being the first black president and to some people that is significant and it is clearly significant to a school where all of the students are minorities. It’s about the fact that the parents and teachers of these students can look at them and say "you can be anything you want to be if you work hard" and really mean it.

    February 5, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Baze

    Like it or not you anti-socials, our president is a major icon of cultural revolution.

    February 5, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Hey! Hey! Relax, it's great to name a school after the 44th President. Even if he is still in office and even if it's only been 17 days of his presidency. Let's not forget who he replaced. When comparing President Obama to W., you get the sense that President Obama has accomplished much more in 17 days than what W. did in 8 years.

    February 5, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Ron

    I think its a good idea, but they should have waited to do this. It is GREAT for the country and the President, he has mad some changes and will continue to do. All we have to do is PRAY for this man and ask GOD to show him the way.

    February 5, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    To Mike the Independent from Ohio,

    ....Just shut the hell up you moron, you don't make any sense.

    February 5, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. patriot

    I think the Obama worship is a little overboard, but I can understand it. Our country has been run horribly for a long time and our reputation worldwide has been ruined. With Obama, we have an intelligent, well spoken president we can be proud of once again. The whole world is excited about Obama, and even if all he does is clean up Bush's disastrous mess, that will be a huge improvement.

    February 5, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Danah, MI

    Well, I think it's great. But I don't know if this is the first school. I read another article about an elementary school in Florida that renamed the school after Barack Obama. So I think I would check the facts.

    However, this is just the beginning. I think it's would be an honor and a priviledge to have a school named after you–so early in your administration. I'm sure Barack is flattered.

    No, he's not God, but he God-driven. I believe God saw the suffering of the American people and the selfishness of the Dems and the Republicans in Congress. He also saw the the pathetic way GW was running this great country in the ground and sent Barack. He's the best man to do the job at the right time. Kudos to him.

    Note To Kids: This is what happens when you do the right thing and become honorable adults. Barack is the perfect role model.

    Now let's start naming schools after Michelle. She's a great role model as well.

    February 5, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Nate

    Come on mike, I guess 54 percent of the population is "truly lost"? drama king? use your head.

    February 5, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    I think this is great. Obama has done well so far. The left is criticizing him for doing too much for republicans. The right is criticizing him for doing too much for democrats. Sounds reasonable to me and the rest of the 60% in the middle. When you have a community that is nearly 100% democrat, what do you expect, they hope Obama will be a good president. That's a good bet. One I'd take. I'll bet anyone $100 that Obama will be judged by history to be a better president than his predecessor.

    February 5, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Cleaning up after W

    I think CNN just posts these stories to watch all the haters come out.

    February 5, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Rob

    Not So Republican February 5th, 2009 1:51 pm ET – Name me ONE thing, ONE thing, that Obama has proved or done. While you're at it, name me one thing in this cluster-foul-up of a shame that Obama's forcing down our throats that is in fact, a stimulus.

    But I don't think you will. You are so brain-washed by this image and falsehood that is Obama that you'll never say anything against him. Do yourself a favor, stay clear of the koolaid.

    The yutz hasn't done ANYTHING yet, and there are fools out there proclaiming him the Holy Savior. Putting out CD's inspired by him. Naming schools after he's been in office less than a month.

    Idiocy is running free in America.

    February 5, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Dittohead

    this is crazy. hope the sign is easily removed.

    February 5, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Becky in Indiana

    Give the AP 50% of no profit then!!! What a waste of the legal system.

    February 5, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. maeve

    Geesh. What a bunch of complainers here!

    Look on the bright side:

    the kids are allowed to feel that they're in tune with their national community, and peripherally, their peers (the Obama girls are elementary shool aged),

    they can feel their school reflects the positive strivings of the biggest "star" they've knoiwn about in their young lives,

    and at least the new moniker doesn't incorporate name of someone much less admired: The Larry Craig Elementary School anyone?

    February 5, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Chris, Albany, NY

    Remember folks, this was brought about by the KIDS of the school. It's the kids who have so much hope and optimisim and for the future. They see the new President as someone who they can more closely relate and understand. The younger generation has much hope in this new president, let's not let the adults ruin it FOR THEM!

    February 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Aaron

    Creepy!

    February 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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