Most of my schools were generically named. The exceptions were Lincoln Elementary (obvious), Mt. Adams Intermediate (a mountain in the Washington Cascades), and James Garfield Elementary. The last one puzzled me. What on earth does James Garfield, one of the most obscure presidents (really only remembered for being assassinated) have to do with a small town in Washington State? The good thing about it was when the cartoon character Garfield became popular in the early 80s he quickly became the school mascot.
My first school was a one room country school (8 grades - one room). My mother was the teacher.
The school was named “Grant”. Not hard to figure that one out.
Burned down in 1952.
Dag Hammarskjöld. I’m sure of the Americans who can spell his name correctly, 99.9% of them went to a school named after him.
Elementary school: Oliver Wendell Holmes
Jr. High school: Mildred L. Hale (I don’t know who she was.)
High school and colleges were named after the city/region.
Independence High School was opened in 1976, so carries an American Independence theme. Its address is 1776. The school is split into “villas” (for organizational purposes) with names like “American Hall” or “Democracy Hall.” The sports teams are called the “76’ers.” Stuff like that.
Quartz Hill High School was built in three ‘quads’, plus the circular gym building. It was ‘the progressive school’, and we were all proud of it. Our arch-rival, Antelope Valley High School, was of a more traditional layout. (Incidentally, AVHS alumni include Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Priscilla Barnes, and Judy Garland among others.)
QHHS was, as I said, the ‘progressive’ school. AVHS was the ‘traditional’ school. Palmdale HS was known for its student violence. Paraclete HS was the Catholic school. Desert Winds HS is where they sent the incorrigibles.
High school and middle school were both named after the school district. My elementary school was named after the guy who donated the land it was build on. The other two elementary schools in the district were just named after the towns they were in.
Saranac Central, named after the town of Saranac which it was in. (They apparently now call it Saranac High but it was always Saranac Central when I went there.) I also went to Carmel High for one year, again named for the town it was in.
Ben McIntyre, the first teacher in the town. A little looking tells me that the school opened the year I attended. It’s now the only school in Uranium City and has but ten students. That’s the only school I’ve attended that was named after a person.
My elementary school was named after William Beatty, my high school has the town’s name.
My elementary/junior high school was named after a dead President and/or the name of the Avenue where it is located. Hard to know which came first the name of the school or the name of the Avenue…
My high school was an art/music school so Arts was in its name. I doubt it was named after anyone named Art.
My elementary school changed it’s name from United Baptist to Liberty Christian in 1976. So named after the era of the bicentennial.
My high school was named for trees in the area, Pondorosa HS.
My own schools were named after various hurricane-blasted, petrochemical-stinking burgs in what is now the Greater Houston Area.
So I will claim Hogg Middle School–a magnet school for Robotics. It’s closest & I vote in the charmingly old-fashioned auditorium. Go Razorbacks!
The school is named for Jim Hogg, first Texas governor who was actually born in the state. His sons Will & Mike were powerful Houston developers; their building was one of the first “loft-ized” downtown, as Hogg Palace. His daughter was the famous Miss Ima Hogg.
I went to All Hallows Elementary School (the local Catholic parish school), so it was named after *all *the saints…
A few years ago it was renamed Pope John Paul II School.
I went to Christian Brothers High School. I guess I like going to schools named after large groups of people rather than individuals.
K-5: Elbridge Gerry, Governor of Massachusetts and Vice-president of the USofA, progenitor of the term gerrymandering (with a hard G, please). born & lived a 1/2 mile from the school and my home.
6th grade: General John Glover, who, with his Marblehead Mariners, evacuated Washhington’s army by rowing them across the river from NY after they lost the Battle of Long Island on 8/27/1776, saving their butts. Then he/they rowed Washington’s army across the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 to rout the Hessians at Trenton, again saving our butts and winning the Revolutionary War. (Rent a dvd of the 2000 tv movie, *The Crossing, * with Jeff Daniels as George and Sebastian Roche’ as Glover, or read the novel by Howard Fast.
See Sebastian Roche’ at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003067/
My HS was named after the downtown (Central HS). My elementary school was named Harrity. Beats me who he was. No JrHS (8 grade elementary).
But I hope you will not mind if I take this opportunity to mention that an elementary school in Montreal is named Elizabeth Bannantyne to honor a teacher who died dragging children from a burning school. Now that deserves to have a school named for!
Both the high school I attended and the one I teach at are named for the city they are in.
Elementary, Thomas Jefferson.
The Jr. High was just named after the town it was in.
One of the high schools I went to was a girls’ school named after the woman who founded it; another was simply North High, and the one I graduated from was named after Teddy Roosevelt.
6th Street Elementary: John 6th.
Chugach Elementary: Chugach Mountains, which could be seen from the school
Inlet View Elementary: No view of Cook Inlet, so wishful thinking
Central Jr. High: Frank Central
West Anchorage High School: George West Anchorage
I got nuthin’.