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Eugenics on the Farm

David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University, was one of the most prominent eugenicists of the early twentieth century. In the name of eugenic progress, Jordan promoted the sterilization of unwanted populations, led and founded eugenic advocacy groups, and fought against the immigration of “inferior” populations to the United States.

Hewlett-Packard co-founder considered in renaming of Palo Alto middle school

At next Wednesday’s Palo Alto Unified School District Board meeting, two names will be recommended to replace the names of Jordan Middle School and Terman Middle School, respectively. Among the nine finalists, which include seven deceased individuals and two geographic landmarks, are William Hewlett ’39, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, and Ellen Fletcher, former Palo Alto city councilwoman.