Redefining the Titans
Alexandria City School Board has begun a robust public engagement process to consider changing the name of T.C. Williams High School.
T.C. Williams was named after Thomas Chambliss Williams when it opened in 1965. T.C. Williams, who was the superintendent of ACPS from the mid 1930s until 1963, resisted desegregation and argued that black and white students learned differently and should remain in separate schools.
ACPS plays a vital role in eliminating racial inequities. Today, T.C. Williams High School is proud to educate students from 120 different countries, with 121 different languages spoken. Alexandria City Public Schools views our diversity as a strength. Ensuring racial equity is the heart of the school division’s Strategic Plan: Equity for All 2025. While we still have work to do inside our schools, the school’s name does not align with who we are as a community.
The decision to start the public engagement process followed a community petition that was sent to the School Board in June 2020.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions about the Proposed Name Change of T.C. Williams High School.
What’s in a Name? T.C. Williams Community Outreach Begins
We are getting started with our community education and engagement program around the possibility of changing the name of T.C. Williams High School.
We are critically aware that there is a pressing need in our schools, our community and our nation to find ways to talk about race constructively and respectfully. One of the ways that we can move forward is by acknowledging our own history, while refusing to allow that history to define who we currently are as a school division in the present.
Community Read-Ins: Sept 24 - Oct 8, 2020
Join us for a series of “Read-Ins” which will help set the scene for a full, frank and informed community discussion.
Read-In #1: T.C. Williams the Superintendent
Sept. 24, 6-7 p.m. on Zoom.
Read-In #2: Alexandria’s Role in Massive Resistance and School Segregation
Oct. 1, 6-7 p.m. on Zoom.
Read-In #3: The Real Story Behind: Remember the Titans
Oct. 8, 6-7 p.m. on Zoom.
Aug. 27, 2020 School Board Work Session
A draft of the communications and community engagement plan for the proposed T.C. name change was shared with the Board as one of of the areas of focus for the 2020-21 school year.
- Board Memo (PDF)
- ACPS 20-21 Areas of Focus Presentaion Slides (PDF)
- The Board was asked to review the communications and community engagement plan (PDF).
- Watch the Aug 27, 2020 Work Session
Aug. 25, 2020
Aug. 5, 2020
Introduction of student School Board reps who will help lead the engagement process.
July 10, 2020
ACPS announces that it will be considering a proposal to rename T.C. Williams High School following a petition to the School Board.
The School Board conducts an initial discussion around the renaming of T.C. Williams High School.
- Board Memo(PDF)
- Alexandria City School Board Motion (PDF)
- Request for the naming or renaming of a schoold district facility (PDF)
This announcement is posted to the T.C. Willams homepage on the ACPS website.
June 19, 2020
Juneteenth resolution by the Alexandria City School Board
- Resolution Condemning Systemic Racism and Affirming a Commitment to Educational Equity for All Students, Families and Staff
- Jun 19, 2020 Special Called School Board Meeting
June 15, 2020
ACPS received a petition of more than 100 signatures to change the name of T.C. Williams High School
For media interview requests:
Executive Director of Communications
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