February 5th, 2009
02:05 PM ET
9 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. August


    why are you calling people racist, I have not seen anything written here that would be considered racist? Lets not play that card....

    February 5, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. whatever

    Wow....naming a school after the man who is rapidly eclipsing Bush as the worst president in history. SMART move. The brainwashing of the Republicans occurred for eight years and now the brainwashing of the Democrats continues at full throttle. Stupid people – the ignorance of this country is becoming legendary.

    February 5, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Mushk

    To Lescroc : Do you this this Nation is "Black Majority" and that is the reason they choose "Black President"???? How ridiculous your thought is....... go to sleep you and dream about another stupid thought to divide our the country!!!

    February 5, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Blonde

    Just don't name it after George Bush!

    February 5, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |


    February 5, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    Why not? It's no secret that educators are primarily liberals and that they see schools as their own personal soapbox to indoctorinate our little ones.

    It makes sense to name a temple after a favorite prophet.

    February 5, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. 1/20/13

    I think the Betty Ford Clinic should be renamed the Obama Clinic

    February 5, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    It’s virtually unheard of to name an educational institution after a sitting president.
    Next he will be on money.
    I think schools should be names after presidents but not wile they are in office.

    February 5, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Polly

    I am reading this and song start playing in my head
    They also loved to name schools,museums,jails after sitting secretary
    Writing books for children about "Good kid who became the head of the state"
    This is how it start ,and believe me it's not a figure of speech and I am not a republican,I simply lived in USSR for 25 years of my life,so I know what I am talking about.

    February 5, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Jackson, Seattle

    Allen February 5th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

    60 % Hispanic, 40 % African-American and 100% future socialists.

    Alaska takes money from the oil companies, and, once a year, redistributes it to the general public of Alaska. Funny how no one ever accuses Alaska of being socialist. Just more right wing hypocrisy.

    February 5, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Bob in Pa

    Excuse me, but doesn't the honor come after they have done something note worthy ? This man has only been elected, whether he is black, white, brown, red has got nothing to do with it.

    February 5, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Jackson, Seattle – the young black empowered today by Nobama? They should have gotten off their lazy bums, put their hands back in their pockets, and quit skipping school a long time ago! Its just easier to blame whitey though, isn't it? You people are so depraved.

    February 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. 82nd Airborne Division

    analise February 5th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

    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.

    Are you kidding me Analise! You can't be that overwhelmingly Dumb!

    News flash my fellow Caucasians some of the angst ridden rhetoric

    on these blogs is so unbecoming to our race! President Barack

    Obama is not your Enemy ,I repeat not your Enemy.

    Allot of you fools get on here and blog about how African Americans

    should get over Slavery and how they are reason for this problem

    and that problem. And we white Folk have done no wrong in this

    Country HUH? 43 Caucasian presidents before this one, and

    this Nation is still plagued by ignorance.

    February 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. HouseDiva

    before you haters start hating on Obama remember...we are the people who brought you George W Carver.... Eli Wittney Chuck Berry...Johnie Johnson...Jimmy Hendrix...Arthur Ashe..James Brown..BB King...Oprah..Tiger...MLK...Carl Lewis...Michael Jordan...Michael jackson....the Williams sisters.....Bill Cosby....Richard Pryor....Muhammad Ali...and countless others who have PROVED that whenever WE get the spotlight we outshine everyone else, and we change EVERYTHING!

    sit back and enjoy Obama folks...he's headed for greatness wheather you like it or not...it's in our nature.

    February 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Ryan

    The Welcome to the Obama Show guy must be Rush Limbaugh. He thinks the world is ending. What a tool. LOL

    February 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Joy Peck

    This is complete idiocy! This president has yet to prove himself capable of anything! Let's go 4 more years and then evaluate if he has done anything to merit an honor like this. Also, taxpayer money is paying for this school. Swaying these children one way or another politically is completely unconstitutional. If this were an all white school swaying the kids to be completely for a white Republican president during his first 2 months in office, there would be an outcry of "racism" and "bigotry." I guess racism and political indoctrination of children is OK, as long as the shoe is on the left foot. Oh, and I will be shocked if this comment gets posted. That would be fair reporting, which just isn't done these days.

    February 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. kayla


    February 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. M.E

    Why there is so much hatred about Obama????Does Bush was Bipartisan??? Who said that Oama hasn't done anything?????Your heart must be black an Blind then, if u don't know what he did so far in less than a month, you must be really really crazy!!!

    Not done anything? Are you people even paying attention? He has:
    Ordered Gitmo closed.
    Reversed the GOP's restriction on foreign aid that prevented education of people about abortion as an option (i.e., because it violated the idea of informed consent).
    Ordered DEP to consider tougher emissions standards.
    Set ethical standards and required ethics classes for employees of his administration.
    Appointed a cabinet that, despite what the few naysayers regurgitating Rush's talking points say, is getting widespread approval.
    Spearheaded an economic stimulus package, which again, despite the blabber of the Rushtards, was done in an historically bipartisan manner because he sought out and met with GOP leaders directly in hopes of getting their support.
    Signed SCHIP.
    Signed the Lily Ledbetter Act for equal pay.
    Worked with the Pentagon to figure out how to get out of Iraq and increase our presence in Afghanistan…not to mention fired missiles into Pakistan based on intel about Al Qaeda.

    February 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Amazing. After 8 years, George Bush doesn't have anything named after him. And after 2 weeks, President Obama has a school named after him. I love this country.

    February 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. johnny the boy

    I labeled my cat's litter box after Obama.

    February 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Salt

    Cool. He accomplished something incredibly historic by being the first african american to be elected as president. That's huge!

    Loser Bush has an airport named after him and he didn't accomplish anything great for this country in 8 years aside from getting us in a load of debt and into an unnecessary war.

    February 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. bendo

    annoy a republican: just say President Barock Huessin Obama over and over and over and over and over.......multiple it a million times!!

    February 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Matthew Detroit

    What a joke. The guy has never fixed anything or done anything and you named a school after him.

    At least Clinton did something before they named a cigar after him.

    You people crack me up. Keep clicking your heels and saying, there is no place like home, there is no place like home. Maybe we will all wake up from the bad dream.

    A naive boy as president trying to be a man. Barak is an arrogant clown. Even his new painting makes him look clueless.

    February 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Tim


    That is a real pretty list that you prepared. But lets look at some of these "accomplishments"

    1. Close Gitmo (but I have no plan to accomplish it)
    2. Reversed abortion decision (well...that is up to each individual if that is an accomplishment or not....guess what...I bet there are some Americans that don't wish their tax dollars to fund abortions for other countries)
    3. Ordered DEP to consider higher emission standards. (well that is like me ordering my bank to lower my credit card rate....yeah they may consider it....but since I haven't given them a plan to do it....well)
    4. Set ethical standards for administration employees....u r kidding me right? Its a great idea to set standards...every president does that.....but when you have a grand announcement and are appointing tax evaders.....well....
    5. Widespread approval for his cabinet.....yeah I would take another poll on that one....not sure everybody new the criminals he is appointing.
    6. Schipp....great well he raised taxes on cigaretts by 70 cents a pack....guess who smokes the most....you got it ....poor people....not exactly helping the poor like he promised.
    7. Get us out of Iraq.....ummmm....perhaps you should have read the news in September or August....the Iraq withdrawl agreement has been signed by President Bush and The Prime Minister of Iraq.

    Nice try though

    February 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Matthew Detroit

    We should put Barak statues up as soon as possible all over the land.

    February 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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