Members of northland community gather support to rename street in honor of well-known educator

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --Members of the northland community plan to honor the life of a well-known educator who made a difference in the community.

On Friday Oak Park High School alumni will sign a petition to rename NE 79th Terrace in his honor, and the hope is to change the street sign to Dr. Dan Kahler Way.

Kahler was the first principal of Oak Park High School, and eventually became the only person to serve as principal at all four high schools in the North Kansas City School District.

Dr. Kahler passed away in December and left a big impact on the community he served for more than 50 years.

There is currently a teaching grant and service award named in his honor, but during a memorial service in February, former students and colleagues felt renaming a street for him would be the best way to remember him.

"Really now just trying to share that with today's students and really just try to live what he was when he started this school over 50-years ago," Oak Park alumnus Casey Vokolek said. "It's not easy to follow in his footsteps, but our principals have done a great job and we just keep trying to make sure we remember who he was and the impact he had on students and try to live that out every day."

To get the street name changed, there are a couple of hurdles including collecting signatures and getting approval from the city. Alumni are hoping to get at least 50 signatures Friday.