What’s (not) in a name?

JGFitzgerald -- April 5th, 2008

Millbank? Elkton? Swift Run? Was Eastern Rockingham the best name for the county’s new high school, or just the safest and least likely to favor one section of the (eastern part of the) county over another? Special bonus question: What’s the name of the city’s new school complex, and what better name could it have had?

11 Responses to “What’s (not) in a name?”

  1. Mike says:

    I think they should have tried harder to please everyone. It should be called Central Elkanuttingham High.

    Who’s with me?

  2. Renee says:

    You can’t have an article about this without linking to the hilarious original Crocktown article on the same issue:
    http://www.crocktown.com/2008/03/elkton-renamed-east-rockingham-for.html

  3. Frank J Witt says:

    Renee, that article is HILARIOUS and is spot on. It is a shame to give a new high school a generic name. Does anyone know what their teams nick names are…or will each team take a the last name of the supers?

  4. JGFitzgerald says:

    An important point of Gxexrimximio’x satire and of this post is whether the desire to not offend or favor any person or area results in meaningless names. Could we name a school for a Confederate hero today, or for a governor who exploited Native Americans? We obviously can’t name one for a town anymore. One new school will be named Skyline and another was going to be named Memorial. Why can’t anything be named for anything?

  5. Emmy says:

    I guess we’ll have to start doing what bigger cities do and name all public schools PS 123 or what have you.

    Or we could go with Jim Britt of WSVA’s suggestion of letting companies buy naming rights to schools. Then we could have MERCK High.

  6. will says:

    I saw we honor Dave Briggman and name the new high school “Government School High School”

  7. JGFitzgerald says:

    All right, let’s move on to the mascot. When the new school plays Spotswood, it will be the Trailblazers versus the Generics. Can we beat that?

  8. Renee says:

    The schools in my neighborhood in Centreville were named after natural features, like creeks. “Cub Run”, “Poplar Tree”, “Rocky Run”, “Bull Run” etc. (these were also the names of neighborhoods – so I guess the neighborhoods were named after the runs, and the schools were named after the neighborhoods)

  9. Renee says:

    The worst mascot I ever had was the “Marstellar Medics” – because Marstellar was a doctor. The symbol was the medical snake on a stick with wings thing. How can you rally behind that?

  10. Renee says:

    Do they already have a mascot in the plans? I guess with a generic name like East Rockingham, you could choose pretty much anything.

  11. It has already been decided:
    THE EASTERN ROCKINGHAM
    FIGHTING
    TUFTED TITMICE.

    okay actually it hasn’t.

    I like the generic mascot idea above. Then they could avoid the couple-thousand dollars schools pay for a typical fuzzy mascot suit –just cut arm holes in a big cardboard box and stencil “MASCOT” on it (kinda like those no-label generic products of the 1980’s).

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