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USF Honors Burl Toler


USF Honors Burl Toler

04/08/17 - posted by Frank Dunnigan - dunnigan<at>sonic.net

According to the April 7, 2017 edition of the USF newspaper--The Foghorn--football legend, USF grad, and long-time member of the university’s Board of Trustees, Burl Toler, is being honored by having a campus building named for him. In addition to his USF playing and NFL officiating career, Toler was also a long-time teacher and principal at San Francisco’s Benjamin Franklin Middle School (formerly Girls' High School), and in 2006, that campus was renamed in his honor.

Phelan Hall, USF’s first dormitory, was constructed in 1955 and named for graduate James Duval Phelan, one-time San Francisco Mayor (1897-1902) and later US Senator (D-California, 1915-1921). Recently, however, attention has been focused Phelan’s documented anti-Asian positions while he was a candidate for public office, now leading to a call for the removal of his name from the campus.

According to the news article, USF’s Board of Trustees approved the name change in August 2016 and it will be marked by a campus ceremony on May 9, 2017. See the entire article:
http://sffoghorn.org/phelan-hall-to-be-renamed-to-burl-toler-hall/

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