The Portland School Board will decide next week whether to rename Clarendon-Portsmouth K-8 School
for Mexican-American activist César E. Chávez.
The board's upcoming decision comes after Superintendent Carole Smith made the recommendation today to a subcommittee of the School Board.
The idea for the school's renaming stretches back at least two years.
It first surfaced about the same time contentious talks around renaming North Portland's Interstate Avenue for Chávez erupted at City Hall. Last year, city commissioners instead voted
to rename 39th Avenue for the labor leader.
The last PPS school to get a new name was Southeast Portland's Clark at Binnsmead K-8 School, which was renamed Harrison Park School.