First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
Dolores Huerta Middle School Principal Jennifer Meglemre walks with Dolores Huerta, the labor leader and civil rights activist whose name the school adopted this year. Huerta, 91, who with Cesar Chavez founded the predecessor organization to the United Farm Workers union, visited the school on Friday to much fanfare from students and officials.
“You, the young people out there, you’re going to be strong and you’re going to meet those issues that we have,” she said at the event, “so we can continue to really [achieve] the idea of a democracy, of the American dream and the California dream.”
The school previously bore the name of Stanford University founding President Jordan Starr, a proponent of eugenics who advocated for selective breeding to guard society against “undesirable traits.”