The downtown charter elementary school is named in honor of John W.
Rex, a longtime civic leader who was known for his advocacy for children. Rex was president of American Fidelity Assurance Co. He was a key player in such initiatives as Success by Six and Smart Start of Central Oklahoma. He was involved with the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation and the Governor's Task Force for Child Development, among many others. Rex died in 2006 at the age of 72.