There was a meeting on yesterday with members of the Washington Lincoln Alumni, Trustee Ron Price and members of the Arts community to discuss removing "Hamon Arts Magnet" from the Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet building that faces Routh Street. We all know that Mrs. Nancy Hamon donated $10 million dollars to DISD to help pay for the construction of the new wing of the school, but no one thought that "Hamon Arts Magnet" would be the new name of the school or the only name that is prominently affixed to the building. "Hamon Arts Magnet" will be removed.
Mrs. Hamon did a great and generous thing in donating the money and I am sure that the former students, current students and the community is thankful to her for her generosity, but changing the name of the school was never an option. It is my hope and prayer that there will be a way to prominently acknowledge Mrs. Hamon's gift.