Madison high school officially renamed
The Madison School Board voted unanimously to change the name of James Madison Memorial High School, at 201 S. Gammon Road, to Vel Phillips Memorial High School, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. The name will take effect for the 2022–23 school year. In 1951, Vel Phillips was the first African American woman to graduate from the UW–Madison School of Law. She later became a civil rights leader and Wisconsin’s first African American and woman elected to statewide office.