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Name for the Lobby at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts is Posted for Public Input

April 16, 2024 – The Guilford County Board of Education’s Facilities Naming Committee voted to send the proposed name for the lobby at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts out for public input.

The Facilities Naming Committee recommended that the lobby be named “The February 11 Lobby.”

On February 11, 1960, 26 high school students, most of whom attended William Penn High School (now part of Penn-Griffin School for the Arts) were led by Rev. Benjamin E. Cox and conducted the first high school student-led lunch counter sit-in. By taking a seat at their local Woolworth counter, they bravely took a stand against racial inequality and marked a turning point for the civil rights movement in High Point and the South.

The lobby has colloquially been called “The February 11 Lobby” since Penn-Griffin students painted a mural in the lobby memorializing the moment. The nomination seeks to formalize that name.

The public can submit feedback on the name of the lobby for 30 days ending on May 16, 2024, by sending an email to boardclerk@gcsnc.com. The Board of Education will consider the name at its May 21 meeting.