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. Beverly, NYC

    Who needs to worry about Al Qaeda wth all the home grown hate on this board. How sad, children are looking up to the President of the United States, Oh my God they must be stopped.

    Mr. President please keep GitMo open for the close minded haters in this country. We can appoint Rush king and SarahqQueen of these idiots. To subsidize their little Klan, we can sell tickets for anoyone who wants to view them in their cages like the freaks they are.

    GROW UP!

    February 5, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. HouseDiva

    WE gave you MOTOWN!!! You wouldnt have your prescious rock n roll if it weren't for someone black to show you how to play it.
    so how dare you nay-sayers discredit the ability of a black man...shame on all you haters!

    February 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Matthew Detroit

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

    Hey they did it for STALIN, they did it for LENIN, they did it for his cousin Sadam Hussein, Castro, and even Chavez is having statues put up.

    I think it is a great idea. We could have a Barak Square in the center of every town. Put that in the stimulus bill.

    February 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. december

    I'm pretty sure an overwhelming majority of you have no affiliation with this school or its attendees. If that community wants to name their school after President Obama, let them! Who really cares what the rest of the nation thinks about this??

    You're not attending and your children won't be either!!

    February 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Remy

    Renaming school is the wishes of the parents and not the children. This is a good perfomance of American Citizens. Many Schools in Canada renamed after the S/African leader Nelson Mandela. Americans created History by electing President Obama. Historical events need more land marks!

    February 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. American

    This is just a sign of how unintelligent so many Americans are. Naming a president after an untested president.

    What would happen if they named a School after Richard Nixon and few months after he was elected...hmmm....

    Come on guys, everyone knows its the Obama mania with the looney left and we will be laughing in 4 years when this guy is a total failure.

    Considering the first few things he has tried to accomplish, this failure label may come sooner rather than label.

    Yeah, "hater" that is what we should call people who disagree in politcs you ignoramous...god what has our country come to...

    February 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Lauren the Designer

    Anonymous February 5th, 2009 3:03 pm ET
    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.


    Wrong. The airport in Houston is named after him. It's one of the worst airports ever.

    February 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Caleb

    To go and hate not more,
    In my comment there was no hatred shown. I only expressed that before we go naming things after people, let's see what they are truly made. I would say that no matter what race, sex, or creed they were. Sounds like you might need to live what you preach.

    February 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Dee

    They can name the school anything they want.

    Unfortunately it teaches these kids to revere wishful hysteria over accomplishment.

    February 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. al

    Who cares if he hasn't done anything? HE'S THE PRESIDENT! THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT! That is enough of an achievement to have a school. Does W deserve a library for all the great successes he's had as a president? I think not! Both him an Cheney should be brought up on charges of for war crimes and misleading the american people into a war that caused the loss of over 6000 us soldiers and 100,000s of iraqi civilians over what? not the idea of democracy as they would like us to believe but oil. If it was democracy why weren't they putting pressure on saudi arabia, or pakistan what about cuba? gime me a effing break!

    February 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Lauren the Designer

    Jeez so many haters in here. Did your mothers not hug you enough when you were little?

    February 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Historical 4 years this will be...

    This is no surprise to me. I just wasn't sure what they would name after him park, library, or school. To those that say its undeserved your being foolish, Anyone that can stand up to your undying hate and indifference and beat you in presidential campaign is a winner in my book.

    However those of you with constructive criticism should teach your whinier counterparts why acting like a brainless party line fools will never help them.

    Bush was trashed because those with constructive criticism made there case it had nothing to do with the brainless party line fools they just got to reap the benefits. The hard work was done by smart independents, conservatives and liberals Oh Wait the hard work was done by Americans. Congratulations President Obama

    February 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. James II

    I love how you Dems can not stop talking about Palin on your blogs.

    She really gets to you. Cracks me up. It really is funny how the women go insane (hysterical, Hysterectomy) when she is even mentioned. you love her........

    February 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


    February 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. American

    Oh, another example of democratic intelligence "salt" on the board here...the airport is named after George H.W. Bush...however, that is typical liberal democrat mindset...don't investigate, don't learn...just believe what is written on blogs and left wing message boards...believe rhetoric by a man with no experience....believe that "Republicans are evil and stupid"

    Yeah that is why they tend to me upper middle / upper class...because they are so "stupid" oh wait not, those republicans aren't stupid, they are "greedy" the stupid ones are the ones that aren't rich and go to church....right I got it now. God this poor poor country...

    February 5, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. James II


    Face it. You dont even know what a war crime is.

    Please come up with an original thought or chant.

    Ask HouseDiva, she is crazy but at least she came up with her own nonsense. hahahaha

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

    Barak down to 65% today in the latest poll and dropping.

    Honeymoon is over, tell Michelle to pack the wagon.

    February 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Tim

    Lauren the designer....Wrong....The Houston Airport is named for George HW Bush....Not George W. Bush....before you correct others and elevate yourself among us mere mortals...please get your facts straight.

    February 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Daniel

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

    Yeah, and John McCain is an idiot and Sarah Palin is a nutjob, but you don't hear me complaining. Also, you spelled Barack wrong.

    February 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. AJ

    What is wrong with the school being renamed after President Obama? Some of you folks complain about everything. Problem is you need a life, I mean a real one. The President is never going to be able to please a lot of you because you are clearly still sore that HE WON!!! GET OVER IT!!! HE'S IN CHARGE!!! FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS!!!

    February 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Sue

    San Francisco wanted to name a sewage treatment plant after George Bush – while he was still president. I'm not sure if they followed through with it but there was quite a bit of interest in doing so.

    February 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. 82nd Airborne Division

    Matthew Detroit

    Your a coward, a blog bully ,your what we call a
    oxygen thief in this mans Army!

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Tim

    Wow....Salt also please refer to my previous comment....and anyone else that is ignorant please do the same

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Rick in WA

    House Diva – Your statements are racist. How do you propose to get along that way?

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. disgusted

    This is pathetic.... let the man actually DO something worthy BEFORE we start naming stuff after him. Absolutely hilarious & ridiculous...

    February 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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