L.A. Unified renames first all-girls school after retiring Supt. Michelle King

Los Angeles Unified’s first all-girls school has been renamed in honor of one of the women who pushed for its founding.

The Girls Academic Leadership Academy, which eventually will serve grades six through 12, used to be known as GALA but will now have a much longer name. Officially, it will be the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Dr. Michelle King School for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The superintendent announced in January that she had cancer. She will remain on medical leave until her retirement in June.

The board was planning to name a school after her, and King recommended the academy.

The name may be hard to say, but the school is a fitting choice for the namesake of the first black woman to lead Los Angeles Unified School District.

King became superintendent in January 2016, the school board’s unanimous insider choice. She sent one of her own daughters to an all-girls private school and pushed for single-gender schools. In 2016, both GALA and an all-girls charter school opened in the district.

Those schools had been approved in 2015, before King took the top job. But school leaders say she pushed for an all-girls school as a high-level district administrator.

King was not at the meeting Tuesday when the school board voted to rename the school, but her three daughters were there to hear district leaders and students talk about her impact. Click here to read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-michelle-king-school-renaming-20180313-story.html