Scholar's New Mexico hometown dedicates school to 'forgotten' native son

A school has been dedicated for a noted Mexican-American scholar and civil rights leader who was virtually unknown in his hometown of Albuquerque until recently.

Albuquerque Public Schools officials on Friday formally dedicated the George I. Sanchez Collaborative Community School for the former superintendent as the district remains in turmoil with its current embattled school chief.

Sanchez was born in Albuquerque in 1906 and worked as a teacher and superintendent before becoming one of the nation's most influential Latino scholars.

A political fight later forced him out of New Mexico. He died in 1972.

A dozen or so schools in Texas and California are named after Sanchez, but until now there were none in New Mexico.

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Board member Lorenzo Garcia says naming the school after Sanchez was righting a historical wrong.

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