Archive for Friday, May 12, 1995


May 12, 1995


What's in a name?

The Lawrence school board is asking students for feedback on this narrowed list of proposed names for the city's new high school, scheduled to open in 1997:

  • Free State High School
  • Lawrence Frontier High School
  • Lawrence Heights High School
  • Lawrence Heritage High School
  • Lawrence Kanza High School
  • Kaw Valley High School
  • Langston Hughes High School
  • Lawrence Liberty High School
  • Mount Oread High School
  • Naismith High School
  • Lawrence Pioneer High School
  • Lawrence Prairie Ridge High School
  • Lawrence Prairie High School
  • Quantrill High School
  • River Ridge High School
  • Lawrence Trail West

A poet and a pro-slavery killer are among a narrowed list of 16 names the Lawrence school board is considering for the city's new high school.

Just three were based on historical figures:

  • Langston Hughes High School, after the noted poet and playwright who spent part of his childhood in Lawrence in the early part of this century.
  • Naismith High School, after James Naismith, the long-time Kansas University athletic instructor credited with inventing basketball in the 1890s.
  • Quantrill High School, after William Clark Quantrill, a pro-slavery agitator from Missouri who on Aug. 21, 1863, led a gang that sacked and burned Lawrence, killing 150 people.

A spokesperson for the Lawrence school district would not reveal which names were recommend by which school board members. All of the names came from a longer list of suggestions submitted by students and members of the community.

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