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.