Renaming Jordan Hall

Based on the evidence presented on this website and within our formal report, and based upon Stanford's renaming principles, we believe that Jordan Hall should renamed.

David Starr Jordan and the American Eugenics Movement have had a lasting and harmful legacies on oppressed peoples. Jordan was at the center of the movement that fought for the limiting of immigration based on race, scientific racist hierarchies, and sterilization of thousands, all in the name of eugenics. Jordan was not simply a man of his time. Jordan helped make his time. Using his influence as Stanford's president, Jordan aided the spread of eugenic thought and is responsible in no small part for the harm it has caused to millions of people.

We have submitted a formal request to the Stanford Administration to begin the renaming process of Jordan Hall. The full request is available here

An image of Jordan Hall. Like most of Stanford's building in the Main Quad, it is sandstone with a red tile roof. It has arches in a manner resembling the Spansh missions. Green letters spell out: Jordan Hall.