re: Nora’s name could be prominent again; Remembering Hill Park’s first principal, the iconic Ernie Hutton (Feb. 27)
How can our public school board and trustees ignore the name of Ernie Hutton for the new public high school on the south Mountain?
How can they assume his name would not be accepted across the current Barton and Hill Park community?
Ernie Hutton was the first principal of the first high school on the Mountain. He later had a more significant and broader impact on the Hamilton education system as its education director. He was also instrumental in creating the education model we see even today where schools and green space are combined to provide students access to both educational and recreational facilities in close proximity.
With all due respect to the other naming candidates (Mandela, Hadfield, Henderson and others), they never had as great an influence on Hamilton’s education system as Ernie Hutton had.
If the public school board continues to ignore honouring people who have had such a profound influence on our education system — people who weren’t in it for money and actually made a difference — then they may as well disregard the entire process and offer up naming rights for their shiny new schools to the highest bidder.
Better yet, should they continue to ignore Mr. Hutton’s legacy, then perhaps the board should vote on the other submitted candidate name that best sums up their behaviour these past few years: South Park.