Proposed Name Change of T.C. Williams High School

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  •  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.

    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. 

    Read the Alexandria Cilty School Board Motion: Request to Rename T.C. Williams High School (PDF)

    Public Engagement Process

    The public engagement process to reconsider the name of the school is outlined in School Board Policy FF (PDF) and Regulation FF-R (PDF)

    ACPS is committed to launching a robust public engagement process in the fall to allow for ample time to engage all members of our community with plans to conclude the public engagement process in spring 2021. This process will be shared publicly after August 27.

    The Alexandria City School Board Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. will discuss the scope and process in a work session on August 27. The public engagement process will begin in the fall of 2020 and the superintendent will present a report with recommendations to the School Board in the spring of 2021.

    Watch theJuly 10, 2020 School Board Meeting on the Request to Rename T.C. Williams High School.

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