Committee narrows name choices for new high school

This is a preliminary design of the new high school in Lafayette Parish, near Youngsville. (Photo Credit: Amanda McElfresh/The Daily Advertiser)

Four names remain in contention for the new high school in Youngsville.

The school will either be called Youngsville High, Caneview High, Veterans Memorial High or Cypress High.

A committee of citizens and stakeholders narrowed down a list of 17 names to the four Monday. The committee eliminated all school names that included the name of a person, amid concerns that they could cause alienation among others. Also eliminated were the names Sugarview High, Oil City High, South Lafayette High, South Side High and Youngsville Reality/Response High.

Matt Romero, a Youngsville city councilman, said he has heard a lot of support for naming the school after the city in which it will be located. The school will be built at the intersection of Chemin Metairie Parkway and South Larriviere Road.

“There was a Youngsville High School for years in that area, and a lot of those people are proud of that,” Romero said, adding that he has received several calls and emails from citizens in support of the name.

Several committee members said the names Caneview High and Cypress High represent the area’s culture and industrial history.

“Caneview is an excellent name. It is indicative of the heritage and the agricultural background of the region,” said retired teacher J.P. Stoshak. “It’s also harvested regularly, and I thought Cypress was along the same lines as Caneview. It denotes strength, longevity, adaptability and consistency, and it denotes the region’s strong ties to agriculture and nature. It encompasses all of the different people who are residents of our parish.”

District Planning Administrator Sandra Billeaudeau said the school will be energy- and natural resources-focused.

Many felt that a name in honor of military veterans also would be appropriate. Ginger Rabalais, who has served as a principal at Ernest Gallet and Green T. Lindon elementary schools, said Youngsville has a strong veterans presence.

“I think that name would appeal to all areas of the community,” she said. “There’s a lot of veterans pride in Youngsville. I just think it’s a well-rounded name, as is Caneview.”

Billeaudeau said she will next bring the suggestions to students at Comeaux High School, as a way to get input from teenagers who may end up attending the school. The committee will meet again after the holidays to further narrow down its choices. The Lafayette Parish School Board ultimately will choose the name.

Construction on the school could begin by March 2016, Superintendent Donald Aguillard said.

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