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Compton school is named for Barack Obama, a first in California

January 16, 2009 |  4:45 pm

Obama_2 First there were Obama T-shirts and bumper stickers. Now there's a Compton charter school named after the president-elect.

The former Qued Charter Elementary School changed its name to the Barack Obama Charter School earlier this week. The original name was always intended as a placeholder -- "Qued" is a mash-up of "quality" and "education" -- and parents at the school overwhelmingly wanted the school to be named after Obama.

The board approved the change unanimously, said Glenn Noreen, the executive director of Ingenium Schools, the group that operates the campus.

"Nobody really liked the Qued name," Noreen said.

It's apparently the first school in California to be named after Obama, although campuses in Missouri and New York have already done so. The campus plans to open its doors this fall and enroll 316 students. Enrollment has already begun.
--Jason Song

Photo: Associated Press