WDRB.com published a story on July 27, 2015, about KSU graduate Minor Daniels having a Louisville school named in his honor.
The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a proposal to rename Buechel Metropolitan High School the Minor Daniels Academy in honor of a former JCPS teacher and administrator who was actively involved in the community for many years.
“Mr. Daniels was passionate about transforming the community so that everyone would have an opportunity to better themselves,” said Michael Raisor, the chief operations officer for Jefferson County Public Schools, in the rationale given to school board members.
The school board voted 6-0, with board chairman David Jones Jr. absent. Daniels’ wife, Jessie Daniels, and sister, Jewell Daniels, were in attendance and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
In March, the school board approved a plan to merge Kennedy Metro and Buechel Metro and make other changes at Breckinridge Metro High, Liberty High and the Phoenix School of Discovery.
Daniels served as a teacher at Meyzeek Middle School and as an administrator in various positions including director of community organization and neighborhood operations where he assisted in establishing Neighborhood Stations now named Neighborhood Places. He was also instrumental in establishing the addition of the United Negro College Fund as a donation option for JCPS employees, Raisor said.
He grew up in the Russell and Portland neighborhoods and graduated from Louisville Male High School. He attended Kentucky State College (now Kentucky State University) and earned a bachelor’s degree from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and a master’s degree from Indiana University.
Daniels retired from the district in 2003, returned to the district two years later as an assistant principal at JCPS middle and high schools. In 2008, he was assigned to be an assistant principal at Shawnee High School, but he suffered a stroke and died in July 2008.