Should Schools Be Named After Steve Jobs?

Should Schools Be Named After Steve Jobs?

A high school in Bulgaria is reportedly going to dump Lenin as its namesake for Steve Jobs. And if it does, it probably won’t be the first school named after the Apple co-founder.

If reports are to be believed, a technical secondary school in Bulgaria would topple communist politician Vladimir Ilyich Lenin as its namesake in favor of the symbolic innovation and insight offered by Steve Jobs. (Or a famous scientist. The decision hasn’t been made, yet.)

The first school named after the “think different” pioneer was probably a high school in Mexico, which re-named itself “Steve Jobs” in 2008. Google Maps shows a school at that address with that name.

Apple has always had a strong role in education and iPads are increasingly replacing books in schools from kindergarten to college. So it’s not surprising that a school wants to name itself after recently-departed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

There is already Steve Jobs Day in the state of California, honoring innovations that “transformed an industry, and the products he conceived and shepherded to market have changed the way the entire world communicates,” said Governor Jerry Brown.

What, if anything, do you think should bear his name?

  • Brandon Dillon

    lol… Mexico

  • Kendall Tawes

    Steve Jobs certainly deserves his name on that school more than Lenin. Though I might be forgetting Lenin’s hidden engineering past.

  • twitter-16071221

    Sure. Some of the DUMBEST people are on the side of buildings, airports, libraries, freeways, etc…For example, there is “The George W. Bush Presidential Library”. That’s not just borderline offensive, but it’s also a pathetic contradiction. Let’s be very careful and highly selective as to what exactly we name after Steve, so as not to damage his good name.

  • gareth edwards

    I’d rather an award named after Jobs but it’s a free world (in most places) so, who are we to say what people should do. As long as it’s done with taste and it’s ‘amazing’, revolutionary’ or ‘magical’ I don’t think Steve would mind.

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