Jack Yates High School Athletic Field to Bear George Floyd’s Name

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Houston ISD has OK’d the request to rename the athletic field at Jack Yates High School in honor of the late George Floyd.

George Floyd’s name will soon be a permanent fixture on the football field where he once reigned as a football great. 

The board of education of Houston ISD unanimously approved the renaming of Jack Yates Field to George Perry Floyd Jr. Athletic Community Field, per KTRK-13 News

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Jack Yates Senior High School was established in 1926 as Houston’s second school for students of color, per Houston ISD’s website. It is named after Reverend Jack Yates, a former slave who rose through the ranks of Houston’s Fourth Ward to become one of the city’s most powerful leaders in the nineteenth century. 

“It is also the will of the community to name it after our alumni George Perry Floyd, and what he stood for,” a supporter told KHOU-11’s Matt Dougherty. “A shining example of what can happen when you’re from the ‘Tre.’”

This isn’t the first time Floyd has been honored at his old stomping grounds. In February, Houston artist Jonah painted a two-block mural in his honor, per Chron.com, with the artwork showcasing the words “Black Lives Matter” alongside Floyd’s red and gold No. 88 jersey he wore during his time on the football team. 

Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes on May 25, 2020, killing him. Reports claim police were called to the scene after Floyd attempted to pay for goods with a counterfeit $20 bill. 

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Chauvin has since been sentenced to 270 months, or 22.5 years in prison on counts of second- and third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao are scheduled to go on trial in March 2022

All four officers also face civil rights charges after a federal grand jury determined they violated Floyd’s constitutional rights. That trial kicks off on September 14 with arraignment.

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