Austin ISD renames John T. Allan Facility after former Principal Anita Ferrales Coy


The John T. Allan Facility, located at 4900 Gonzales St., Austin, became the first of five potential AISD campuses named after Confederate leaders to be renamed by the board of trustees Nov. 26.

Through a 6-1-1 vote, trustees approved a motion to rename the facility after Anita Ferrales Coy. Trustee Mathias said Coy served the district for over 20 years and previously served as principal at Allan Elementary.

The topic of changing school names was first presented to trustees in November 2017, and the name-changing process was officially approved Feb. 26. According to board documents, campus communities submitted potential names in the spring. A School Renaming Task Force was created to submit final recommendations to the board this fall.

District 3 trustee Ann Teich, who voted against the Nov. 26 motion, condemned the process and costs that would come with renaming campuses.

“The process has not been perfect; it has hurt a lot of people,” she said. “I will be voting against any motion to rename any schools unless we retain the last name and remove the middle initial and the first names. I think that is being respectful to those communities.”

District 1 trustee LaTisha Anderson requested more time be given to speak with the community in deciding a new name for John H. Reagan Early College High School.

At a work session Oct. 8, the district also discussed some of the other recommended name changes. The board requested additional community engagement for Sidney Lanier Early College High School renaming.

The other schools originally being considered for renaming are named after Zachary Taylor Fulmore and Albert Sidney Johnston.

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Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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