Community invited to name new high school

CARLSBAD — With the pending debut of the new ninth- through 12th-grade high school at College Boulevard and Cannon Road, Carlsbad Unified School District invites people to submit a name for the school. The newly built high school is scheduled to open to its initial freshman and sophomore classes in Fall 2013.
The naming contest deadline for submission is at 3 p.m. March 4, 2011. Forms and guidelines are available online at http://www.carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us/newhighschool.html, and in print at the Carlsbad Unified School District Office, 6225 El Camino Real, and school sites. Questions about the contest can be e-mailed to soconnell@carlsbadusd.net. People can submit more than one name, but should fill out a separate form for each name. The contest is open to all, including staff, students, parents and members of the community.
After the contest concludes, an internal committee will review all submissions and present a list of the top five choices to the Board of Trustees, who will select the school’s name in early spring. Later in the process, after decisions are made about whether the new school and existing Carlsbad High School will accept students based on choice or boundaries, a core of incoming 2013 freshmen and sophomore students will begin to forge the school’s identity, including a mascot.
In keeping with school board policy, suggestions for school names may include, but are not limited to, the following:
— Historical figures such as presidents
— Pioneers from the general district area
— Recently deceased local personalities who have made significant contributions to the district
— Living individuals who have made significant contributions to the district
— Living or deceased school personnel
— Geographical locations within the district
— Cities or communities within the district
Construction on the new school began with the Oct. 14, 2010 groundbreaking. The school’s total cost is projected to be $104 million, funded by $83 million of Prop. P money and $21 million in matching state funds. The 139,000-square-foot facility will serve up to 1,500 students and offer a building devoted to fine arts, music and digital arts; a 3,000-seat stadium; a variety of sports fields, tracks and courts; and a 745-space parking lot. The curriculum focus is currently under research and review.

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