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New Pre K-8 School Named for Dr. Carter G. Woodson

January 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (January 23, 2018) – Hillsborough County School Board Members voted unanimously at Tuesday’s School Board meeting to name a new PreK-8 school, opening for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, for Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

Hillsborough County Public Schools is converting Van Buren Middle School and Cahoon Elementary School into a new PreK-8 model to better serve students in the North Tampa Rowlett Park neighborhood. Principal Ovette Wilson will lead the school.

The district received name submissions for the new PreK-8 school in the fall. Nearly 20 names were submitted for consideration. The community was also invited to attend a Community Forum at Van Buren Middle School in November to discuss the importance of community involvement in the conversion of the school.

In a 6-0 vote, School Board members voted to name the school for Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson is known as “the Father of African American History.” He led the creation of Negro History Week in 1926, which is now celebrated as Black History Month. Dr. Woodson worked as a coal miner in West Virginia to support his family and didn’t attend school regularly until he was 19. But education transformed his life, and he went on to become only the second African American student to graduate from Harvard University.


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