We are Ronald C. Dunlap Elementary School

We are Ronald C. Dunlap Elementary School
Posted on 08/04/2021
The Board of Education approved the school name change at their meeting on June 28. Our new name is … Ronald C. Dunlap Elementary School – Home of the Lincoln Lions.   

In February of 2020, a team made up of Community members, City of Appleton staff, and Appleton Area School District staff was formed to discuss how best to honor Ronald C. Dunlap’s legacy.

Throughout this planning process, community members along with former students, families, and staff have shared many examples of how Ron had positively impacted this community and the lives of everyone who knew him. He did this through sharing kindness and wisdom, a calming yet strong presence, and deeply held values. Ron listened intently and always found the good in people. He appreciated multiple perspectives, even on tough issues, and gave so much of his time and energy to help others by volunteering on multiple boards and being involved in several organizations and nonprofits. Ron helped to pave the way for diversity and inclusion efforts, not only in the school environment, but in our community and state as well.

It is for these reasons and others that the planning team strongly believes that renaming Lincoln Elementary School to the Ronald C. Dunlap Elementary School – Home of the Lincoln Lions, will not only honor a great person, respected educational and community leader, volunteer, mentor, and role model, but also carry his message of dignity and respect through generations of future students, families, staff, and community members. 

We will have a “soft launch” of the new name on Wednesday, August 4, with an official/formal recognition at the unveiling of the new sign later in the fall.  The “soft launch” will include use of the new name for all official documents, correspondence, and internal IT functions.