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It's Official: East High Becomes Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School

Cutting the Ribbon.Black Caucus President  Celeste Hodge Growden and Bettye Davis East High School Principal Ron Brown cut the ribbon to officially name Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School after Bettye Jean Davis the first African American State Senator. (Robert DeBerry/ASD)


In a ceremony that took place on Oct. 23, community members gathered to honor the late Bettye Davis and celebrate the renaming of East Anchorage High School to Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School. The celebration occurred through a partnership between the Anchorage School District and the Alaska Black Caucus.

Last fall the Anchorage School Board voted unanimously to rename the school in honor of the late Bettye Davis, who began her long political career when she was elected to the Anchorage School Board from 1982 to 1990 – serving two years as Board president. She continued her School Board service from 2013 to 2018. Ms. Davis was a champion for children, tirelessly working for equity of outcomes for all students.

Ms. Davis became the first elected African-American woman to serve in the Alaska State House of Representatives from 1990 to 1996, and in 2000, Senator Davis became the first African-American ever to be elected to the Alaska State Senate. Senator Davis served on many local and national councils, task forces, and boards. She received countless awards for her service and dedication to Alaska and our community.


East High Band PerformMembers of the East High School band perform during the opening portion of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the renaming of East High School to Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School Saturday, October 23, 2021. (Robert DeBerry/ASD)