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School Name Change Upsets Some in Sioux Falls

Mark Twain Elementary School
(Dan Peters/KSOO)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some residents of a Sioux Falls neighborhood are upset that officials are changing the name of a school there.

A school to be built on the site of Mark Twain Elementary will combine students from that school and from Longfellow Elementary. The School Board has decided to name the new school after Susan B. Anthony, a famous advocate for women’s rights.

School district officials think students will be inspired by Anthony’s famous statement, “Failure is impossible.” But some residents of the neighborhood don’t like the name change. The Mark Twain school was built in 1920, and Melanie Bliss says the neighborhood identifies with the name.

School Board President Doug Morrison says he wants to see the history of the Mark Twain and Longfellow schools preserved somehow in the new school.

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