Group pushing to change name of Colonial High School

Group pushing to change name of Colonial High School

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What's in a name?  Well, for one high school in Orange County, it's a big deal.

A few Latino groups met with Orange County School Board Members Thursday evening to talk about renaming Colonial High School.  Advocates for the name change want to rename the school to a famous baseball player, Roberto Clemente.

Colonial High School is one of the biggest schools in Central Florida. Nearly 4,000 high school students attend and the majority of the students are Latino.

"Colonial has been Colonial forever.  Once you say colonial everybody knows, oh it's that school," said a former student Unique Gonzalez.

"I think they should leave it alone because Colonial has been like that forever. They should never change it," said another former student Odelias Echevarria.

So why the name change?  Puerto Rican Education Fund Chairman Raul Ramos says there are a lot of reasons.

"The school has a lot of negative images so we want to turn that around," said Ramos. "By changing the name to Roberto Clemente, students are going to be able to identify themselves with a Latino who is not a politician but who was a humanitarian."

But these moms say community advocates should be focusing on investing inside the classrooms rather than what's going on the outside.

"Focus on the students and the teachers and everything not about the school name," said Echevarria. "It's not going to change anything. It's not going to make a difference at all."


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