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Elementary school to be renamed after former First Lady Michelle Obama

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A school in California will be named after former First Lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

RICHMOND, Calif. (WKRC) - A school in California will be named after former First Lady Michelle Obama.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District Board voted unanimously to change the name of Wilson Elementary School to Michelle Obama Elementary School.

The board’s vote made the school the first in Northern California and the second in the state named after the former First Lady.

The school is going to be rebuilt for the 2020-2021 school year and will reopen under its new name.

"We have the opportunity to have a beautiful new school named after a person who really represents our diversity and values," Principal Claudia Velez said. "Our school is diverse, modern and innovative, and the things that the kids will be doing will prepare them for a very strong and successful future in whatever career they choose."

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