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Vasquez spent his short, violent life as an outlawed bandit who brawled, robbed, and horse rustled his way from Monterey to Salinas to Santa Cruz and beyond in Northern California. He was publicly hung in San Jose after he was convicted of murder. Vasquez was not seen as a bad guy by all, however. He was considered a hero by some in the Hispanic community and was a self-proclaimed defender of Mexican rights.
The new 850-student school is slated to open in August 2013 in an area of Salinas plagued by youth gang violence. For the past two years, Monterey County has had the highest homicide rate in the state, Salinas has had the most homicides of any city in Monterey County, and East Salinas neighborhoods had the most homicides in Salinas.
Schools, streets, and cities are often named after famous, honorable and influential people to memorialize their contributions to society.
Originally posted by solarstorm
Big deal. We have federal buildings named after outlaws.
FBI headquarters after J. Edgar Hoover, for starters.edit on 13-12-2012 by solarstorm because: (no reason given)
For Salinas' newest school, trustees picked Vasquez over five others that were on a list presented to them by the district's naming committee.
According to Superintendent John Ramirez, other options on the list were: Trini Rodriguez, a respected Salinas school principal; Anastacio Cabral, another beloved longtime principal; Tomas Rivera, a Chicano author and poet; nearby hills (Hillside School); and nearby farms and ranches (La Hacienda School).
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by whyamIhere
My high school was named after a US General who waged a campaign of ethnic cleansing across the Ohio valley, slaughtering thousands of Indians. Our mascot was, naturally, an Indian.