Northshore School District makes progress in naming new high school

Larry Francois - Courtesy photo
Larry Francois
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Northshore School District ended their online community survey and selected eight possible names for the new high school, slated to open in fall 2017.

An online survey was launched from March until the end of April to get the public's opinion. Results from the survey were forwarded to the district’s High School Grade Reconfiguration Task Force, which narrowed the list down to eight names.Potential names are Canyon Ridge High School, Duwamish High School, Greenview High School, North Creek High School, North View High School, Northbrook High School, Pacific Crest High School and Tambark High School.

Criteria for the new high school name stated it shall be known and significant to the community and district, should represent/signify a geographic area of the community or have a significant historic reference to the community, will not use personal names of individuals (living or deceased) and will not use names of any current schools in the district or surrounding districts.

There were more than 900 Submissions. School district staff said they wanted the community to be a part of the naming process so they could feel an ownership of their school.

"I recognize that significant parts of the community a high school is an identifier for that community," Northshore School District Superintendent Larry Francois said. "We want this high school to feel special for our students."

The high school, housing grades 9-12, will be built using funds from the February 2014 bond measure on a 66-acre parcel of land located off 35th Ave., between 188th and 192nd St. SE, directly north and northwest of Fernwood Elementary School. The new school was necessary to build because of significant overcrowding occurring in Northshore schools, which limited the chance for kids to participate in activities and classes.

"I am excited by the increased opportunity this school will bring for kids in sports, music arts and drama," Francois said.

Survey Two launched May 14 for the community to vote for their top choice. That online survey will be open until the beginning of September.

The High School Grade Reconfiguration Task Force will review results of the second online survey and submit a recommendation with the top three names along with rationale to the school board for consideration.

School district staff anticipates the school board will make a decision on the name of the new high school this fall.

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