FAIRFIELD — Today’s Solano Town Center mall was the site of a school, the Fairfield-Suisun Public Safety Academy was home to Amy Blanc Elementary School and the doors at Mary Bird School were open.
Fairfield resident Philip Doty, who taught for 20 years in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, is stepping along memory lane – and wants to make sure as much of that street as possible is preserved, including the names of schools.
Blanc and Bird shouldn’t be forgotten, said Doty, 76, who wants schools like the safety academy to note their former names with a sign.
Without such acknowledgement, he said, the people for whom the schools were named and Fairfield’s past will be forgotten.
“Little by little,” Doty said, “that bit of history will get lost.”
Doty, who spoke earlier this month to Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees about his concerns, said board president David Isom called after the meeting.
“It certainly sounds like there is interest in putting her name back up there,” Doty said of Amy Blanc and the public safety academy.
Trustee Dave Gaut said he shares Doty’s interest in preserving the past.
“It’ll be rectified,” Gaut said. “It’s going to be fine.”
“Keeping the names somehow is a good idea,” Gaut said.
Doty spoke about the days when K.I. Jones Elementary School was located at what is now the site of the mall in Fairfield. Today the school is now at 2001 Winston Drive.
Mary Bird School has shut its doors but was once a school. The site does still display her name, he noted.
The Fairfield resident remembered his own school days at University School, a K-12, at the campus of Indiana University. It was known as a laboratory school because university students learning to be teachers would observe classes at the K-12.
“We were the rats in the maze,” Doty recalled of his school days.
The mascot for the laboratory school in Bloomington, Ind., he added, was the guinea pig.
Doty doesn’t expect a Philip Doty school in the future in Fairfield-Suisun district.
“I haven’t done that many important things,” he said. “I don’t deserve that honor.”
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