By Gord Bowes, News staff
Nora Frances Henderson’s name could once again adorn a Hamilton institution.
Henderson, Hamilton’s first elected woman, was the preferred name of most members of a committee looking for names for the new public high school planned for the south Mountain.
Her name for decades adorned the hospital on Concession Street until it was renamed Juravinski in recognition of philanthropist Charles Juravinksi's multi-million-dollar donation.
Three suggestions will be going to Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees for a vote. The names of Nelson Mandela and Chris Hadfield are also being submitted for consideration.
The vote will likely take place at the board’s March meeting.
Two recently deceased teachers will not be recognized despite representing the majority of names submitted by the public.
The board held an open call for name suggestions and received 433 submissions. Nearly three out of five submissions related to either Paul Brown or Michael William Yacusiw.
The committee quickly rejected their names because it would not be accepted across the current Barton or Hill Park community.
The new name will be used for Barton beginning this September and then transfer along with the student body to the south Mountain high school, which the board says will open in 2016. The new school is to be built on recently acquired land south of Rymal Road East at the foot of Upper Sherman.
Hill Park is closing at the end of this school year. New boundaries are being instated and the new home school for those students will be Barton or Sir Allan MacNab.
The third most popular submission, about 3.9 per cent of the total, revolved around the Barton and Hill Park names, such as Barton High School, Barton Hill Secondary School, Barton Park Secondary School, Barton Hill South. The committee rejected the idea of combining the two names because it wanted a fresh start.
Fourth most popular (3.7 per cent) involved Nelson Mandella.
Southmont Secondary School, a nod to the former south Mountain high school that was transferred to the Hamilton Catholic school board in the mid-1980s and is now St. Jean de Brebeuf, was fifth, representing about 2.1 per cent of the names submitted.
Netting nearly the same portion of submissions were various forms of Lincoln M. Alexander’s name.
John Wismer, Barton’s longtime head of phsy-ed, was also suggested several times.
One person submitted “The Bob Morrow School of Tomorrow” and another offered “Together as One Secondary School.” Longtime Ward 4 trustee Ray Mulholland also received a nod, as did Victor Copps and Sheila Copps.
One person offered Southlink, perhaps a take on the new school’s location south of the Lincoln Alexander Parkway.
Among the joke names submitted were Hogwarts (1.7 per cent), and Dem Tiggers, G.G. Allin, Rob Ford High School and Southpark (one nomination each).