High School Seniors Get Discriminatory Language Removed from Policy

EL DORADO HILLS -- Friday night, 634 students graduated from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills.

About 100 of them helped defeat some local, racist regulations along the way to graduation.

Earlier this week, the El Dorado County Assessor's Office changed the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for the Lake Hills Estates, which stated that only white people could live in the community.

The clause in the CC&Rs of the neighborhood was illegal and could not be enforced. However, there needed to be a vote showing that more than 50 percent of homeowners were in favor of the change.

Attempts in the past had failed, until American Government teacher Steve Seely decided to make it his classes' senior project.

Students were tasked with going door to door and confronting the homeowners about the issue, and the needed change.

"We definitely got mixed reactions," said senior Teya Graves. "Some people were more than happy and excited that we were doing it, other people said they didn't really care or interested in helping."