Dr. Henry Givens Jr. School Renaming Ceremony

  • The Webster Groves School District has renamed one of its elementary schools in honor of Dr. Henry Givens Jr.

    The Board of Education approved renaming the Elementary Computer School in honor of Dr. Givens, who had been president of Harris-Stowe State University. The school had been named the Webster Groves Elementary Computer School since it opened in the 1980s. Dr. Howard Fields, school principal, said that members of the school community had talked about a new name for several years since all district schools offered technology today and the word “computer” itself is outdated.

    A school committee recommended that the name be changed to honor Dr. Givens, who had been a teacher and principal of Douglass School before he went on to become an assistant commissioner for the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and more recently, president of Harris-Stowe State University. Under his leadership at Douglass, the school became a “demonstration school” offering innovative programs such as multiage classrooms, foreign language instruction, advanced science for older children, team teaching and independent study.

    Givens ribbon cutting
    Dr. Henry Givens Jr. cuts a ribbon during the school renaming ceremony. He’s joined by representatives from the Webster Groves School District and the city of Rock Hill.