School may be renamed for mayor

The District 65 School Board is considering renaming Haven Middle School for its former principal, Lorraine Morton, the long-time mayor of Evanston.

Board President Mary Erickson proposed the name change at Monday’s board meeting, saying it would be nice to have the decision made by the time the retiring mayor leaves office in May.

School Superintendent Hardy Murphy said the decision is up to the board, which would form a committee, seek community input, and consider the cost of the name change before acting.

Board member Bonnie Lockhart said, "As a graduate of Haven, I can’t think of a better way to honor Mayor Morton. I think Mayor Morton’s accomplishments should live forever."

Morton began her Evanston teaching career in 1953 at Foster School, and became the first black teacher at Nichols Middle School in 1957. She was named principal at Haven in 1977 and served there until her retirement from the district 12 years later.

The school, at 2417 Prairie Ave., like Haven Street in Evanston, now is named for Erastus Otis Haven, who was president of Northwestern University from 1869 to 1872.

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