In 2022, elementary students in Hazel Dell will attend a new school named for a legal pioneer who charted a historic path in law and spent a career advocating for women’s rights and gender equity.
The Vancouver School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to name its newest elementary school for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late lawyer and jurist who served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1993 until her death in September.
Construction on Ruth Bader Ginsburg Elementary, 8614 N.E. 25th Ave., begins this summer with funds from a 2017 vote-approved bond measure. It will serve 410 students when it opens in fall 2022, according to the district.
Ginsburg headlined the list of five submissions by Vancouver Public Schools last month. The other naming option that included a person was American astronaut and physicist Sally K. Ride. Other finalists were Tenney Creek, Sequoia and Unity. More than 250 suggestions came from staff, students, parents and community members before the final five were presented to the school board.
Board President Kyle Sproul said the board received mixed feedback on Ginsburg, but challenged those who were opposed by pointing at Ginsburg’s career work.