In these cancel culture times it’s not surprising that the South San Francisco School District is planning a name change for Junipero Serra Elementary School (“Serra school name change advances” in the May 21 edition of the Daily Journal). On the horizon, expect someone to plan a name change for the El Camino Real which links 21 missions from San Diego to San Francisco. There are countless major California cities and counties that are in danger of name changes. This includes Sacramento. The state’s capital, its name derived from the Spanish word for sacrament.

Sadly, the South San Francisco School District, despite objections of 60% of survey respondents, will go ahead with the name change. The South San Francisco Unified School District is determined to erase California’s history, because it is concerned that “colonization conflicts with the school system's equitable values.”

Winston Churchill once said: “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

Ron Drelich

South San Francisco

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(4) comments

Dirk van Ulden

Well, let's face it. They can't open our schools, are doing a mediocre job of educating our kids, so why not do something simple. Change the name, that will really help our children. Just another cheap pandering to an undefined crowd while ignoring the task that they based their initial candidacy on.

Terence Y

Well written, Mr. Drelich. If prejudiced people want to cancel school I’d like to recommend we remove names from all schools and refer to them by number. Unfortunately, woe to the school named 13, or 666. Maybe we can use Roman numerals. Again woe to the school named L or XL as it might be considered body-shaming, or the Roman numerals converted from 30 or 509, for obvious reasons.

Dirk van Ulden

Churchill also said that if one is still a liberal after the age of 35, one has no brains. Some school board members are a shining example.


Apt quote from Churchill. The people who want name changes are doing exactly what they are attacking - changing a culture.

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