The Omaha school district's new Alfonza W. Davis Middle School, 8050 N. 129th Ave., will host a dedication ceremony Friday. The event is open to the public.
Davis, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, was the first African-American aviator from north Omaha to earn his “wings.”
Attending the ceremony will be two of Davis' nieces, Felicia White and Aquilla White, both of Los Angeles; retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Lane of Omaha, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen; Robert Rose, president of the Alfonza W. Davis Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc.; Omaha Public Schools administrators and board members; and city officials.
The evening's celebration will begin at 4 p.m. with a cash grill that will offer hot dogs, chips and pop for $2.50.
A dedication ceremony in the gym will begin at 5 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by a block party, silent auction and open house.
Davis Middle School is one of 12 OPS middle schools and will open with 55 staff members and about 400 sixth- and seventh-graders. Eighth-graders will begin attending in the fall of 2014.
The school's colors are maroon, silver and black, and it is the “Home of the Aviators.”
Alfonza Davis was valedictorian at the now-closed Omaha Technical High in 1937 and won the first University Scholarship awarded by Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi National Negro College Fraternity. He attended Omaha University, now called the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
He was presumed dead after going missing in 1945 over the Adriatic Sea. Davis received the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Unit Citation.