Lodi Unified School District trustees on Tuesday will study school names recommended for six new campuses by the district's school naming committee.
The committee received 91 name suggestions, ranging from famous people such as Albert Einstein, Cesar Chavez and Jackie Robinson to prominent locals such as Guy P. Wakefield, Ellerth Larson and Joe Lobb.
Ralph Wetmore, who served as committee chairman, said the group met three times to review suggested names and pare down the list.
Ten suggested names were thrown out because current district policy does not allow schools to be named after living people, Wetmore said.
District policy requires schools to be named after historical or geographical areas of significance or after deceased individuals who have made significant contributions locally, statewide or nationally.
A subcommittee of six members screened the suggestions and recommended 28 names to the 12-member committee, which further narrowed the list to three names for each school.
Lodi middle school
- Millswood, former school name from the old Woods elementary school district.
- Ellerth E. Larson, Lodi Unified's second and longest tenured superintendent.
- Samuel M. Gantner, first Lodian killed in World War II aboard the battleship Nevada during Pearl Harbor bombing.
Southeast Lodi elementary school
- Richards Ranch, tentative name honoring the Richards family who owned the property.
- Lois Borchardt, longtime Lodi educator who helped founded the Lodi Women's Center.
- Laura De Force Gordon, a leading suffragette who lived in Lodi from 1870 until her death in 1907.
Southwest Lodi elementary school
- Ellerth E. Larson.
- Jesse Owens, an Olympic track star who battled racism and bigotry in the athletic world.
- Miwok, a Native American tribe which lived in the Sacramento Valley.
West Vine Street elementary school
- Mabel M. Allen, former Lincoln School teacher in Lodi.
- Pioneer, which would recognize the families who traveled westward and settled in California.
- Samuel M. Gantner.
Northwest Stockton elementary school
- Amelia Earhart, female aviation pioneer.
- Helen Keller, blind and deaf woman who overcame her challenges and graduate from college.
- Legacy, named after streets in the Legacy subdivision near the southwest Lodi school.
Fourth high school
- Ronald McNair, the second African American to fly in space who was killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion.
- Barbara Jordan, lawyer who, in 1966, became the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate since 1883.
- Manlio Silva, an Italian American who founded the Stockton Symphony in 1926, and remained its conductor until his death in 1957.
Tuesday's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the John Muir Elementary School, 2303 Whistler Way, in Stockton.