Les Paul’s School takes his nameNovember 11, 2014 by Les Paul Foundation
Not just any school was named for Les Paul. On Saturday, November 8th, the Waukesha, Wisconsin buildings where Les Paul attended junior high school and high school were renamed Les Paul Middle School – Central Campus.
The dedication started with the school’s orchestra and choir performing Les’ Vaya Con Dios.
Principal Rob Bennett, School Superintendent Todd Gray, School Board President Joe Como and Les Paul Foundation Executive Director Michael Braunstein shared brief comments. The indoor segment concluded with the school’s band performing Les’ Brazil.
The audience of approximately 400 people proceeded outside to the front of the building. A black cloth held by a red ribbon concealed the granite sign. The four speakers and Sue Baker, Les Paul Foundation Program Director, held scissors to the ribbon as 100 students held red helium filled balloons bearing the school’s logo. Scissors clipped and balloons soared.
Following the balloon release, Student Council members led guests on tours of the buildings. Tours ran every 10 minutes for over an hour.
Joe Como, Michael Braunstein, Todd Gray, Sue Baker watch as balloons soar.
Balloons sour over the building where Les Paul attended high school, now part of Les Paul Middle School-Central Campus.
Student Council members 6th grader Kaylee and 7th grader Anthony were part of the team that designed and led the tours of their school.