A Long Island school is changing its name to honor President-elect Barack Obama–apparently a national first. Hempstead’s school board has voted unanimously to rename its Ludlum Elementary School as Barack Obama Elementary School. The school’s enrollment is about two-thirds Hispanic and one-third African-American (Test scores, as reported by greatschools.net look very solid). Long Island’s Newsday reports:
A Web search finds no mention of other schools or public facilities in the United States named for Obama, though such moves are being advocated in Calumet City, Ill., and Portland, Ore. In Antigua, the prime minister has said he’s taking measures to have the island’s highest peak renamed Mount Obama, according to the AP. A school in Kogelo, Kenya, birthplace of Obama’s father, was named for the president-elect after he was elected senator.