GREENSBORO — Guilford County Schools will hold a dedication ceremony Saturday morning to rename Aycock Middle for educator Melvin Swann.
Swann, who died last summer, served Greensboro City Schools as a teacher and administrator from 1960 till 1993, then was promoted to deputy superintendent when the Greensboro city, High Point city and Guilford County school systems merged.
As director of student affairs in 1971, he played a critical role in integrating student activities and helping students adapt to change during the mass integration of the school district.
“Mel was, I would say, the conduit between the school district and even the city at that time to build positive relationships between students, especially at the high school level,” said Barry Williams, a fellow educator and longtime friend.
“I think that’s why it’s so significant. What he stood for in terms of fairness and equality for all students, I think that speaks well that the school is named in his memory.”
Swann’s granddaughter Leah Swann organized support from his friends and admirers for his nomination when the school board sought suggestions for renaming the school.
She will speak on Saturday, as will Mayor Pro-Tem Yvonne Johnson, as well as a parent and a student from the school and district representatives.
Leaders plan to unveil the new name on the building during the ceremony. Music will be provided by students and community members.
The district also is offering bus transportation to the event from several locations in the city.