New MCPS Elementary School in Gaithersburg to be Named In Memory of Harriet Tubman

by MCS Staff

Earlier today, the Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously voted to name the upcoming Gaithersburg Elementary School #8 in memory of Harriet Tubman– an American abolitionist and social activist. The additional list of names the Board of Education had previously narrowed it down to can be seen below.

  • Kelley Park
  • Celia Cruz
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Lucille Bridges

In February, Dr. Cavena J. Griffith was appointed as Principal at the upcoming Gaithersburg Elementary School #8. She is currently the principal intern at Whetstone Elementary School. in Griffith’s presentation earlier today, she stated that the name name aligns with MCPS core values– learning, relationships, equity, respect and excellence.

Construction has continued to progress at the site of the new Gaithersburg elementary school that will be located at 400 Victory Farm Drive at Kelley Park. It is expected to be completed this summer and open for the upcoming school year. Below you’ll see a rendering flyover of the school as it will look when construction is completed.


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