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3431 Mt Vernon Ave, Riverside, CA 92507
1. Welcome – Introductions 5 min.
2. Nora Update 15 min.
3. Highland Elementary Name Change 20 min.
My name is Denise Allen, and I am a teacher at Highland Elementary School, and also have lived in the neighborhood for 30+ years. I am unable to attend the April UNA meeting, but I was asked by the principal of the school to get input on a possible name change to the elementary school.
The Riverside Unified School District is considering a name change for Highland Elementary School effective next fall. The District would like to change the name of the school to honor the Harada family of Riverside, a prominent Japanese-American family who were interned during World War II.
The Harada House is a historic house in Riverside, California. The house was the focus of a critical application of the California Alien Land Law of 1913, which prevented foreigners who were ineligible for citizenship from owning property. The state of California attempted to seize the property from the family in California v. Harada, but the Haradas ultimately won the case and retained ownership of the house. The house, created in 1884 and built upon by the Harada family, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and is currently overseen by the Museum of Riverside.
The Harada House is located on the east side of Riverside on Lemon Street. A book has been written on the Harada history: The House on Lemon Street.
There will be a community meeting on Friday, April 28th at 5:30 p.m. at Highland Elementary School to present the possible name change and receive community input. I was wondering if you would be able to announce this at the UNA meeting next week? The district also plans to mail out flyers to neighborhood homes, but it is helpful for people to know as early as possible if they have questions or input.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, input, or other thoughts about this process for the school district leaders.
Highland Elementary School
Riverside Unified School District
3. Council Updates 20 min.
4. UCR Updates 10 min
5. Announcements 10 min
6. Speaker Suggestions 2023
Neighborhood Issues & Resources
Riverside Neighborhood Partnership