Alan Page Honored, Humbled with Renaming of Justice Page Middle School
Monday, August 21, 2017 1:25 PM

Page family joining all-school assembly to celebrate new name September 1

MINNEAPOLIS, August 21, 2017Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis will hold an all-school assembly to mark the renaming of their school in honor of Alan Page, Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice, a former Minnesota Viking Player and Pro Football Hall of Famer. Page and his family will attend the ceremony taking place at the school on Friday, September 1, from 9-9:30 a.m.

Students from the school formerly named after Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota’s second governor, started a campaign at the beginning of the year to rename their building. They hosted community meetings to gather feedback and raised money for new signage and other costs. Both the school’s site council and the Minneapolis School Board voted unanimously for the new name: Justice Page Middle School.

The man who inspired the renaming of the school was initially not aware of the students' efforts. "For the students to even consider my name was a tremendous honor," said Page. "To see them rally their community together and bring this to fruition is truly remarkable. Watching young people participate in and help shape their community is a beautiful thing. I commend them all for their efforts."

Two display cases have been designed for the school honoring "TEAMWORK" and "JUSTICE" with personal items donated by the Pages, and a large metal sculpture of Page has been installed by the front doors. During one of the Pages' early visits to the school, they learned of another special connection: Travis Smith, a dean at the school, is a former Page Scholar. The Pages founded the Page Education Foundation 30 years ago to support and inspire young people of color throughout Minnesota pursuing post-secondary education, and have gone on to raise more than $14 million to support 6,500 students.

Students will also be able to wear their new school name with pride, thanks to new blue Justice Page School t-shirts provided by the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.

About Justice Alan Page

Alan Page is Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court Justice, serving from 1992 until his retirement in 2015. Page is widely known for his former career as a professional football player. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, he is best known for his defensive efforts with the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s. He attended law school at the University of Minnesota at the height of his football career. In 2017, students from the Minneapolis' Ramsey Middle School led a campaign to rename their school the Justice Page Middle School in his honor.

About Page Education Foundation

Founded by Alan and Diane Page in 1988, the Page Education Foundation has grown to support and inspire young people of color throughout Minnesota for 30 years. Today, the Page Education Foundation’s programs have provided more than $14 million to financially support 6,500 college students’ academic goals in the form of Page Grants. In return, those students – known as Page Scholars – have volunteered over 435,000 hours by tutoring and mentoring over 40,5000 youth in kindergarten through eighth grade. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the foundation has provided $876,500 in Page Grants to 508 Page Scholars. A 2016 recipient of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Anti-Racism Initiative award, visit www.page-ed.org, call 612-332-0406, follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @PageEdFdn.