Friday, February 13, 2009

Messiah High

Some Boulder High School students are pushing to rename the school after a hot new historic figure: Barack Obama. The student group wants to rename the 130+ year old Colorado school: "Barack Obama High"

Principal Bud Jenkins doesn't anticipate a rush to rename Colorado's oldest established high school, founded in 1875.

"There'd be a long and laborious process to change the name of the school, other than somebody just thought: 'Oh, this sounds like a good idea,' " he said.

Ultimately, it would take approval by the Boulder Valley School District Board.

The Student Worker members "are certainly enthusiastic about a new president and good for them," Jenkins said.

"With all due respect to the president," the principal added, "of all the things in the world that need to be changed, Boulder High School's name is probably way down the list.

"Why not go out and get involved in working at the homeless shelter or Habitat for Humanity or a thousand other things in the community that ... are really going to make an impact on the world," Jenkins suggested.