Archive for Saturday, April 7, 1990


April 7, 1990


Only two weeks after considering a name change for Central Junior High School, the Lawrence School Board has another junior high name change to think about.

On Monday night, the board will hear a request to change the name of South Junior High School.

Although a specific name hasn't been proposed for South, those requesting the change would like the name to have historical significance.

"As you recall, the site where South is located was once part of Haskell (Indian Junior College) and was given to the district by the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs," says a letter to the board. "To honor the Native Americans and to recognize the continuing good will between Lawrence and the Indian community . . . we suggest that the Board of Education consider changing the name of South to a name reflecting the contributions of the Native American community."

THE LETTER was sent to the board by Orvel Criqui, who was principal at South from its opening in 1968 until 1986. Also signing the letter were Russell Blackbird, assistant principal at South; Clenece Hills, teacher at South; Toni Dudley, former chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Haskell Affairs Committee; and Sandy Praeger, second vice president of the Haskell Foundation, a private group that supports Haskell and seeks private donations to support the school.

"The only name that comes to my mind is Indian Hills, which isn't very original," said Criqui. "My suggestion would be to have the student council and the students consider some possible names."

Criqui said that with input from people in the Haskell community, South's Parent Advisory Council and others in the South community, "They ought to come up with some pretty good ideas."

According to Dudley, a new name would "give the school a real identity."

"I just have a real strong interest in restoring any historical connections in our town," said Hills, who was coordinator of Haskell's centennial celebration in 1984-85. "Directional names are all right, but it would be better if the name were more historical."

AT ITS LAST meeting, the board heard a request to rename Central as Liberty Memorial Junior High School. The junior high building once housed Liberty Memorial High School.

As for Lawrence's third junior high, Mick Lowe, principal at West Junior High School, said nothing had come across his desk regarding a name change for his school. But he said he would notify the school board should any requests come up.

In other action Monday, the board will:

Discuss the district's secondary class size policy.

Hear a report from Marilyn McCleary, the district's elementary science coordinator, on activities related to Earth Day.

Consider continuing its membership in the Kansas Association of School Boards for the 1990-91 school year.

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