New RPS Middle School Has a Name
Rochester Public Schools

The criteria for determining the name:

  1. Reflect the School District’s values and beliefs
  2. Represent the diversity within our community
  3. Instill inspiration in students

The School Board received hundreds of submissions, and a School Board subcommittee narrowed the list to five finalists. From September 8 to September 16, 2021, community members voted on their favorite name, and we are happy to announce that our new middle school will be Dakota Middle School.

The word Dakota means “a friend or ally” and comes from the native people who have lived in this area since the 1600s. A student nominator said, “I believe our new middle school should be named this to represent the first settlers of our area.” Dakota Middle School will open in the Fall of 2022, and you can follow along with the construction progress at