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

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.