This September, the first ever classes are set to be held at Rosemary Brown Public School in Ajax and Willows Walk Public School in Whitby.
The Durham District School Board (DDSB) officially announced the two names on Tuesday, ahead of their scheduled opening this September.
Rosemary Brown Public School is on Williamson Drive West, just off of Westney Road.
It’s a French immersion school with a capacity of 558 students, named after a prominent Jamaican-born Canadian politician, activist and Order of Canada recipient.
Brown was both the first Black woman elected to a provincial legislature and the first Black woman to run for leadership of a federal political party.
She was also named Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 1993. Brown’s family was contacted about the use of her name and gave the board permission to do so.
Willows Walk Public School is on Lazio Street, east of Anderson Street and north of Taunton Road.
It has a capacity of 490 students and is named after the local subdivision community, which was established in 2002.
Black willow trees are also native to the area of Whitby where the school is located.
“As our school district grows, we are very happy to announce the new names of two new schools in Ajax and Whitby,” said DDSB Chair, Carolyn Morton. “As with any of our new schools, the names chosen were determined through a consultation process, providing an opportunity for community members to contribute and reflect the uniqueness and history of each community. These new schools will contribute greatly to the future success of their new students, staff, parents, guardians and the broader community.”