Drake High School reconsiders name change

A campaign to rename Drake High School has resurfaced. Drake is currently named after Sir Francis Drake, a British pirate and slave trader. The campaign hopes to name Drake after Archie Williams, a former teacher and Olympian. Archie Williams won the gold medal for the 440 yard dash in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Sir Francis Drake is the current namesake, as is the road it’s built on because “Scholars said Drake had landed on the Point Reyes peninsula, in Marin County.” according to  The Guardian.

Before 1951, the land that is now Drake High School was known as Cordone Gardens. There is still a Cordone drive in San Anselmo. 

Whether or not the renaming will be agreed upon this time remains to be seen. Will San Anselmo’s high school be named for a pioneering Olympian and long time Marin resident, or a 16th century colonizer?

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