San Francisco school board votes to rename 44 schools, including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington High Schools

Abraham Lincoln High School is one of dozens of school that will be renamed.

(CNN)The San Francisco Unified School District voted this week to rename 44 schools named after controversial public figures, including former Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and current Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The school district, which has more than 57,000 students enrolled, is changing the schools named after historical figures linked to "the subjugation and enslavement of human beings; or who oppressed women, inhibiting societal progress; or whose actions led to genocide; or who otherwise significantly diminished the opportunities of those amongst us to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," according to the text of the resolution.
The school board said it commissioned a panel of community leaders and students in May 2018 to formally identify schools and set up a process for the changes.
On Tuesday, the board voted 6-1.
Schools that will be renamed include: Abraham Lincoln High School, George Washington High School, Dianne Feinstein Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School, Jefferson Elementary and Alamo Elementary.
Lincoln was chosen based on "his treatment of First Nation peoples," teacher Jeremiah Jeffries told the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2020.
Washington and Jefferson were slaveowners.
Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor, was listed for reportedly ordering a Confederate flag to be replaced after it was torn down, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The news also comes more than a year after the school board voted to cover a controversial mural depicting images of slavery and dead Native Americans at George Washington High School.
The board was partially motivated to draft the resolution after the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
"This resolution came to the school board in the wake of the attacks in Charlottesville," said San Francisco Board of Education President Gabriela López. "And we are working alongside the rest of the country to dismantle symbols of racism and White supremacy culture."
San Francisco is not the only city to take pass such a resolution.
In recent years, city councils and school districts nationwide have renamed buildings and removed monuments dedicated to Confederate leaders who fought to preserve slavery and White supremacy in America.
In September of 2020, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) identified more than 240 schools across the country that bear the name of a Confederate leader. More than 30 schools in the US have been renamed since 2014 in order to eliminate any link to Confederacy, according to the EJI.