re: Nora’s name could be prominent again (Feb. 27)
My first reaction after reading this was jubilation. How exciting that a school might be named in honour of Nora Frances Henderson, I thought.
However, upon pausing for a while, several questions occurred to me. Why a school and not a hospital? What was her contribution to education? Why was her name put forward now?
Regardless of what the answers might be to these questions, the fact remains that when choosing to name for a public institution, someone has to be overlooked.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to name a school in honour of someone who made a contribution to education? To carry this logic further, in future why not name a hospital for someone who made a contribution to health care, a court house for someone who made a contribution to our legal system and a sports complex in honour of an athlete?
While perhaps a good idea, it will not be taken into consideration when the HWDSB chooses from among the three frontrunners: Henderson, Mandela and Hatfield. While each has made a significant contribution to the betterment of society, none focused on education.
In spite of the above, even though my vote counts for nothing, I vote Nora Frances Henderson for a school that might become known as Henderson High.