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Survey: Most prefer ‘Castaic High School’ name

Posted: March 5, 2013 3:40 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2013 3:40 p.m.

Two-thirds of respondents in a Hart district online survey said the district’s proposed high school in Castaic should be named, simply, Castaic High School, a district spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Of the 330 responses submitted in the district’s survey, about 220 were in support of the name, according to William S. Hart Union High School District spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.

The district hosted a public survey for two weeks calling for suggested names for the school that is set to be built in Romero Canyon in Castaic. The survey closed Feb. 25.

Pinsker stressed the survey is not a vote or popularity contest, but rather will be used to give guidance to a citizens’ group that will meet later this month.

The members of that committee include Pinsker, Hart district Director of Human Resources and Equity Services Greg Lee, Castaic Area Town Council member Flo Lawrence and parents and teachers from both the Hart district and Castaic Union School District.

Pinsker said the committee will review the results of the survey and generate additional ideas before forwarding a list of up to 10 potential names for the school to the Hart district board for approval.

The role of the committee is solely advisory, Pinsker said. Members of the district board can select any name for the school they choose, regardless of whether it is included on the committee’s list of suggestions.

The district board is expected to consider name recommendations at its April 17 meeting.

While the name Castaic High School drew the lion’s share of support, other prevalent name suggestions in the survey included variations of the Castaic name, such as Castaic Lake, Castaic Oaks and Castaic Ridge, according to Pinsker.

Another popular suggestion was “Romero Canyon High School,” after the school’s location, Pinsker said.

Pinsker said the district also received several suggestions to name the school “Ramona High School,” possibly after the heroine in Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel “Ramona.”

The setting for the novel is believed to have been modeled in part on nearby Rancho Camulos, which Jackson is said to have visited when she was writing her book.
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