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Union City Middle School Renamed for Filipino Leaders, 1st in U.S. to Honor Filipino-Americans

A Union City school is getting a new name, and it's making history.

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    Alvarado Middle School will be renamed Itliong -Vera Cruz Middle School on Dec. 18, 2015.

    A Union City school is getting a new name, and it's making history.

    On Friday, Alvarado Middle School will officially be renamed Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School. The name change will make the school, located on Alvarado Boulevard, the first in the country, to be named in honor of Filipino-Americans.

    Larry Itliong and Philip Vera-Cruz were Filipino-American leaders, who helped organize the United Farm workers union in the 1960's.

    A total of 38 percent of students living around the school are Filipino-American.

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