Sidney H. Morison, a longtime educator and principal of P.S. 84 the Lillian Weber School, may be immortalized on an Upper West Side street.
The pioneering principal led the school for 26 years, from 1969 to 1995. He died Oct. 16 at the age of 77.
His wife, Jacqueline, is planning to request that Community Board 7 honor Morison by renaming West 92nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, where P.S. 84 is located. His widow said she wanted to rename something after Morison, who was an education advocate and pioneer of dual-language education.
“What better thing than to rename the street where the school is,” she said. “He had this thing about the community, for the underdog, for social justice.”
Morison, a Bronx native, moved to the Upper West Side to attend Columbia University. He taught math at Joan of Arc High School on West 93rd Street before becoming chair of the mathematics department.
“Sid Morison was a man who believed that all children could learn, and made that belief a reality,” wrote Hannah Hess, an education author, in a letter to Community Board 7. “It would be only fitting to have the street on which the school is located named for Sid Morison.”
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