The committee charged with recommending a name for the new high school discussed three recommendations Monday evening. Rather than pick one name to recommend to the Columbia School Board, the committee opted to narrow the list of choices to three. The panel will pick one to recommend to the board on Nov. 1.
The three recommendations are Battle, Lakewood and Neil Aslin.
The committee had a discussion about naming the school after a person who is still alive, such as Eliot Battle. Criteria for naming a school states that using the name of a person still living "should be avoided." Battle is a longtime Columbia resident and educator. With his wife, Muriel, who died in 2003, he worked to overcome desegregation in Columbia's public schools.
Lakewood refers to the school's location, near Lake of the Woods Road. The committee decided "Lakewood" had a better flow than "Lake of the Woods," according to the report.
Neil Aslin was a Columbia superintendent from 1946 to 1962 and was the person who hired the Battles.His name received the most submissions from the community to the committee, but the members considered the students' potential plays on the name as a setback.
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