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Longan Grade School "Change in Name Protested" Kansas City Times, June 11, 1932 PDF  | Print |

Longan Grade School "Change in Name Protested" Kansas City Times, June 11, 1932
Thirty years of tradition and memories of the Hyde Park neighborhood rose last night in protest against the board of education´s proposal to change the name of the Hyde Park school to the George B. Longan school.

"If I were going to change," said John F. Cell, lawyer, speaking for the retention of the old name, "I wouldn´t want a better name than that of George B. Longan, one of the outstanding educators in the history of Kansas City."

"But," the assembled persons asked, "why couldn´t the name of George B. Longan be better preserved on one of the new schools which certainly must be built in the next few years?"

Heard in the auditorium of the old school were many persons who had trudged through those rooms as children twenty or thirty years ago. many of them had sent their own children to the same school and had heard the name of Hyde Park cheered by young voices. The building was alive with the memories of Charles Parker, the principal, whose name became through the years almost synonymous with Hyde Park. The loving cups in the glass case testified to the glory that belonged to Hyde Park.

It was pointed out that the board of education had become opposed to regional names for primary schools. But it was the regional significance that these people wanted. The name of a great educator should, by all means, be given to a school, they said. But Hyde Park was their own and they like it.

"There is something in a name" Mr. Cell said, "that attaches to a school. No one would want to change the name of Harvard, Cornell or even Washburn college, where I went to school. No one would want to change the name of the Westport Presbyterian Church, which still clings to its regional distinction."

A resolution was adopted to circulate a petition for the "return of the old name." A committee will take it before the board meeting next Thursday night. The members of the committee are W.A. Sheely, Mr. Cell, Mrs. J.F. Bozarth and Mrs. P.H. Crane. The suggestion of the change in school name followed the decision to raze the George B. Longan school (located at 39th and Warwick).

The Longan grade school is now located at 3421 Cherry.