BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
Stanford said today that it might follow Palo Alto School District’s lead and rename Jordan Hall, the psychology department building which honors David Starr Jordan.
Jordan, Stanford’s founding president, was a eugenics advocate.
Stanford students and psychology professors asked the university to rename the building and remove a statue of Jordan from outside of it, according to a statement from Stanford.
Palo Alto’s school board renamed Jordan Middle School at 750 N. California Ave. as Greene Middle School in 2018 because of Jordan’s ties to the eugenics movement. Current namesake Frank Greene was a black Silicon Valley engineer who started a venture capital firm to invest in the businesses of women and people of color.
Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne will appoint a committee to review the requests to rename the building and remove the statue. The group will use a number of principles, including Jordan’s relationship to the university and the harmful impact of his behavior, to decide whether to move forward with removing him.