Something so simple as South Middle School's new name means so much.
“This has been a grassroots effort to its core," said Carole Cadue-Blackwood, who organized the name change.
Soon, it will be called Billy Mills Middle School.
“People said it would be divisive," Cadue-Blackwood said.
Some say the name 'South' has tradition, but it’s just a direction -- a cardinal direction.
Billy Mills is Lawrence native, an Olympian and, most importantly for Cadue-Blackwood, an Ogala-Lakota Native American. And thinking about Mills as a role model makes her emotional.
“I get weep.," she said. “We have 501 federally enrolled students in the school district, and they represent nearly 100 tribes.”
Cadue-Blackwood says this change will show Lawrence's diversity. The new name is expected to take place over the summer.Previous coverage
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