Rochester Middle Receives A New Name

There's a new name for a Rochester middle school.

The City School Board last night approved changing the name of city School No. 3 from Nathanial Rochester to Dr. Alice Holloway Young Middle School.

Dr. Young was one of the first Black teachers in the City School District, and became one of the first vice principals and then principals. She also led the district's first integration program.

Nathaniel Rochester lent his name to the city after moving here in the early 1800s....but he was a slave holder, and those concerns about his history led to the name change.

Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small said in a statement that Dr. Young is still with us at the age of 97, and will see the school on Adams Street open under her name in the fall.

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