New Middle School to Bear Educator's Name

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Washoe County's newest middle school will bear the name of the late Yvonne Shaw, who was a champion of American Indian education as a teacher and during her three terms on the state school board.

Washoe school trustees endorsed the name in 5-2 vote on Tuesday.

Susan Quartz, the secretary of the Reno-Sparks Tribal Council, said the decision would help bridge the gap between American Indians and other students

Other audience members preferred a geographic name like Eagle Canyon for the school on Eagle Canyon Drive near the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Spanish Springs.

Shaw taught at Sparks Middle School and Hug and Reed high schools and was on the state Board of Education for 12 years. She died in 1999.

Other names considered were: Sarah Olds, who pioneered the Spanish Springs area and developed its first school; E.E. Roberts, mayor of Reno during the 1920s who once owned the land where the school is being built, and Mayvonne Wilkens, a Sparks teacher for 33 years.