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RE: Heath School to be renamed after pioneering musician Roland Hayes

June 23, 2023
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Amidst all the dreary news of the day, the renaming of the Heath School for Roland Hayes is joyful indeed! I moved to Pill Hill in 1969 (55 years later I am in the same house). I often saw Roland Hayes when he walked the nighborhood, a friendly, elegant, elderly gentleman. I knew his story and was very proud that Pill Hill was a welcoming haven for such a wonderful man.

His impact on music and the world of music was honored with the unveiling of a pedestal at a street ceremony in front of his house in June 2016. Kitty and Michael Dukakis were there as well as many Hayes family members.

What a perfect further tribute it is to name one of our schools for him. Well done!!!

Anita Ruthling Klaussen

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