On Monday, January 13, 2020, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel were presented the recommendations made by the Northeast Legacy committees on how to honor the history of the former Northeast High School.
OKCPS Board Policy D-08 allows individual school sites to be responsible for naming buildings or rooms located on school grounds, so Board approval is not required. However, once a change has been made by the principal, the committee shall advise the Superintendent and the Board of the name change.
“From the beginning, OKCPS has been committed to working together with families, alumni and the existing school community to honor the legacy of Northeast,” said Dr. Sean McDaniel. “The Board and I recognize that the Northeast name has important and unique historical significance to our district and our city. Through committee work and other efforts, OKCPS is dedicated to preserving the history of Northeast while continuing our quest for academic and artistic excellence at Classen SAS High School at Northeast.”
In September 2019, Dr. Marsha Herron, OKCPS’ Chief of Equity and Student Support, was tasked by Superintendent McDaniel to create and guide three committees toward a set of recommendations. As a graduate of Northeast, she said she felt a special connection to the work. "Northeast High School stood as a cornerstone for integration and progression in Oklahoma City Public Schools,” said Dr. Herron. “It gave so much to so many and should live on through the building and grounds for all to see."