Thomas Jefferson High School (DO NOT CHANGE NAME)
We the People from former graduating classes are asking that the name of Thomas Jefferson High School (Auburn, WA) remain as is. Thomas Jefferson High School was founded in 1968 and since that time it has become one of the largest high schools in the state of Washington.
Others say that the name Thomas Jefferson represents white supremacy and other things because of Thomas Jefferson's legacy. To put it simply Thomas Jefferson was a man that did many good things for the United States. Some of those good things include:
- Wrote the Declaration of Independence
- Third President of the United States
- Major role in creating Library of Congress and donated his own personal library to start it.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He was the third president of the United States. He served for two terms during which time he successfully doubled the size of the United States. Thomas Jefferson has a major role in creating the Library of Congress because he believed in the power of education and went as far as to donate his own personal library in 1814 when the Library of Congress was damaged in the war.
Lastly, Thomas Jefferson was a man of diversity with interest not only in education, but technology, architecture, horticulture, science, languages and the law. He was a man with many interests and valued education and learning. It is for these and many others that we the "Mighty, Mighty, Raiders" from years gone by are signing this petition.