Detroit School of the Arts May be Renamed to Honor Aretha Franklin

Could Ben Carson’s name be on the way out for a Detroit high school? And will Aretha Franklin’s name make it onto a school?

The Detroit Board of Education Tuesday night approved a process for seeking new names for several existing schools — including the Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine — and several new schools expected to open in 2019.

The science and medicine-themed school was named after the Detroit native before he became a member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet. It was a decision made when the district was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

Some board members, including LaMar Lemmons, have pushed for removing Carson’s name from the school.

The board earlier this year approved a policy regarding the naming of schools — changes that paved the way for a change in the name of the Carson school. The Carson school is now operating in a building that previously held Crockett Career and Technical Center.

Here are other existing schools that could be in for a name change: Harms Elementary School, Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men and Detroit School of the Arts. Meanwhile, several new schools — including a Latin school and a school that will be located on the campus of Marygrove College — need names.

In addition to the call for Carson’s name to be removed from a school, some have also called on the district to name a school after the late Aretha Franklin. Potentially, that could happen at Detroit School of the Arts.

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SOURCE: Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press