Student Group Wants to Rename High School After Obama

A student activist group at Boulder High School in Colorado has started a campaign to honor President Obama by renaming the school for the nation's 44th and first African-American president, FOX31 in Denver reports.

The group "Student Worker" wants to change the name to "Barack Obama High School," citing Obama's "progressive spirit," but some students are opposed to the request.

"This school's been here forever. Why change the name now?" said student Ahmad Almarez.

Another student, Johnny Albert, said the change is unnecessary since Obama doesn't have any apparent connections with Colorado.

"Being African American, Barack Obama doesn't really have a history here," said Albert.

In November, an elementary school near New York City was renamed for Obama — nearly two months before his inauguration.

That school, originally named after Charles Ludlum, a local physician who served on the school board for about 40 years, was renamed Barack Obama Elementary School.

The school's principal, Jean Bligen, said 466 students are black or Hispanic, and Obama's election was a big source of pride.

Read more of this report from FOX 31 in Denver.