Superintendent Presents Proposed New Names for Mosby Woods Elementary School

News Release
October 23, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand presented five possible new names to the Fairfax County School Board for Mosby Woods Elementary School at its business meeting on October 22. The Board voted to change the name of the school at its October 8 meeting.

The possible names are:

  • Katherine Johnson, an American mathematician who worked for NASA of Hidden Figures fame. In 2015, at age 97, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. 
  • Five Oaks, name of the street that the school is located.
  • Mary McBride, a teacher who taught the children of freed slaves in Fairfax County in schools established by the Freedmen’s Bureau following the Civil War.
  • Barbara Rose Johns led her classmates in a strike to protest substandard conditions at her high school in Prince Edward County. NAACP lawyers supported her case and filed a federal lawsuit that became one of five cases the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed in Brown v Board of Education when it declared segregation unconstitutional. 
  • Mosaic.  As described in the submissions: “Mosaic is a wonderful symbol and representation of our community;” “The word mosaic would represent the core of this school. The school is a cultural mosaic. With a mix of different cultures, languages and ethnicities that all belong.”  

These are suggested names, however, the School Board has the authority to select a name that is not on this list.

A one-month public comment period is currently underway; it includes a community meeting on Monday, November 30, and a public hearing on Wednesday, December 2. 

The School Board is scheduled to vote on a new name for the school at its December 3 business meeting.

A virtual community meeting was held on October 1; the district also invited community members to submit their suggestions online and via email.  Feedback has been posted online.  
Information about the renaming process is also available online