SPS decides on names for new middle schools

SPOKANE, Wash. — After months of going through names and consideration, Spokane Public Schools has selected the names for three of the new middle schools being built in Spokane.

For Northeast Middle School, it will be named after Denny Yasuhara, a civil rights activist and Logan Elementary/ Garry Middle School teacher.

“Thank you for the honor that you have given my husband. He loved his students and he loved middle school,” said Thelma Yasuhara, Denny’s wife. “After he has been gone 18 years now, and there are still some of his former pupils who went to me every year, but they remembered him and that they loved him.”

Northwest Middle School will be named after Spokane Tribe elder Pauline Flett, an EWU teacher who wrote the first Spokane-English dictionary and whose work has appeared in the Smithsonian Institution.

As for South Middle School, it will be named after Carla Peperzak, a Dutch Resistance Operative and WW2 Holocaust freedom fighter who moved to Spokane in 2004.

The board said that On Track Academy’s name will remain the same, but the school will be adding the principal, Lisa Mattson’s name to the front.

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