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Cahoon/Van Buren school will be renamed after Carter G. Woodson

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Published Jan. 24, 2018
Updated Jan. 24, 2018
The north Tampa school that is combining Cahoon Elementary with Van Buren Middle School got a new name Tuesday: Carter G. Woodson K-8 School.
The Hillsborough County School Board approved the name unanimously, despite requests from some in the community to name the school after the late Robert Scott.
Supporters of the Scott proposal said Woodson was not local.
But supporters of the Woodson name said his accomplishments made him a worthy choice.
Woodson, a scholar who lived from 1875 to 1950, was responsible for what is now Black History Month, as he led the creation of Negro History Week in 1926. A coal miner in West Virginia, Woodson was the second African American student to graduate from Harvard University, after W. E.B. Du Bois.
While the two schools have not yet merged officially, they share a principal, Ovette Wilson. He will continue on as principal next year.