By the time you finish this article, you should know why your school has chosen to call its school “Dunbar” instead of “Dunbartons”.
If you’re a student at an elementary school in Akron, Ohio, you may be wondering why a school named after a local brewery is now using the spelling of the name of a popular high school.
The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that the Akron Public Schools, the largest in Ohio, chose the “dun” spelling for its school after a “dunk” was deemed a more appropriate choice in the wake of a backlash against the school’s name.
A letter to parents and community members from Akron Public School Board President, Paul Gaudette, explained that he was “particularly concerned” about the students’ negative reaction to the name “DunBar.”
“I am so sorry to hear about the many students, parents, and community who are upset about the name ‘DunBar,’ and how it is being used to disrespect our community and the people of Akron,” Gaudete wrote.
“I also understand the concern for the Dunbar name, and how this name is being misused to divide the community.”
Gaudette noted that he had not been involved in the process of choosing the name for the school.
He did, however, acknowledge that the DunBar High School Association was not consulted prior to the naming of the school, which is currently on the market for $2 million.