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Middle School Renaming: Community Voting

The ten videos below, created by 8th grade civics students, provide an introduction to the people and concepts that they believe embody the core values of Princeton Public Schools and the its community. The students and their work were part of a student-driven, multi-grade-level project that began in 2020 when the Board of Education voted to remove the name of John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who was also a slaveholder, from the school and replace it with a name that reflects the community's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read more about the history and the process of renaming the middle school here.

For a suggested reading list from the Princeton Public Library, click here.

As part of the educational component of the PUMS renaming process, the district invites community engagement and seeks input. This input will be considered by the district administration in making final recommendations to the Board of Education, which is ultimately responsible for decisions around the naming of school buildings.

After you have viewed the videos, we hope you will cast your vote. The voting is open to all Princeton residents. Make your voice heard! Top choices--based on community preferences and student recommendations--will be presented to the Board of Education for their review and final decision.

A New Name: Pick Your Favorite

Check Out These Eight Student Videos that Propose the Middle School Be Named After an Individual

Plus Two General Names -- Princeton Community, Walnut Lane -- That Are Not Specific People

Please Vote for Your Top Preference Below

Voting Ends on Thursday, April 1. 


Albert Einstein



John Lewis



Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Nation




At the request of the Nanticoke-Lenni Lenape nation, we have removed this option. They told us they very much appreciate our wish to honor them, but would prefer not to be included.





Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Elizabeth Stockton



Michelle Obama



Paul Robeson



Shirley Satterfield

Princeton Community

Walnut Lane