EDUCATION

Noted Latino scholar largely unknown in hometown closer to getting Albuquerque school honor

FILE - This undated image provided by Cynthia Kennedy shows pioneer Mexican American educator and activist George I. Sanchez sitting in one of his offices in N.M.  Sanchez may finally get a New Mexico school named after him. An Albuquerque Public Schools committee voted Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 to name a new Kindergarten through 8th-grade school in honor of  Sanchez in New Mexico where he was born. (AP Photo/Cynthia Kennedy, File)

FILE - This undated image provided by Cynthia Kennedy shows pioneer Mexican American educator and activist George I. Sanchez sitting in one of his offices in N.M. Sanchez may finally get a New Mexico school named after him. An Albuquerque Public Schools committee voted Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 to name a new Kindergarten through 8th-grade school in honor of Sanchez in New Mexico where he was born. (AP Photo/Cynthia Kennedy, File)  (The Associated Press)

A noted Mexican-American scholar and civil rights advocate whose name graces educational institutions in Texas and California but is virtually unknown in his hometown of Albuquerque is on track to get a New Mexico school honoring him.

George I. Sanchez was born in Albuquerque in 1906 and worked as a teacher before becoming one of the nation's most influential Latino scholars. His 1940 classic "Forgotten People" was one of the first studies to document how Hispanics were losing land and influence to poverty. He died in 1972.

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

But an Albuquerque Public Schools committee voted Wednesday to name a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school for the educator. The full school board next needs to approve the proposal.