EDMOND — The elementary school scheduled to open next year, known until this week as Edmond School No. 17, now has a name.
Heritage Elementary School was the name unanimously approved by the school board after Lynne Rowley, director of elementary education, told the audience the story behind the name selection process.
“We thought of naming the school after Jennie Forster, who opened Oklahoma's first library. Then we thought of naming it after Allie McCormick, who was the first teacher at Oklahoma's first public school, Edmond's 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse. We thought about naming it after Milton Kickingbird Reynolds, who founded the Edmond Sun, Oklahoma's first newspaper,” Rowley said.
Rowley said a committee of teachers, parents and members of the public met in the fall to brainstorm and discuss possible names.
“It became clear that there are multiple people we could have named this school after. Oklahoma was home to so many historical figures who left their mark on our state and on our nation. I don't think we'd ever have enough schools to acknowledge everyone,” Rowley said.
“So we came up with the name Heritage Elementary in the hope that we could acknowledge all of them and pay tribute to our state's unique history.”
Rowley said the new name will do more than just make conversation run smoother when discussing the school; it will allow architects who are working on its construction to use the name in their planning.
About the school
Heritage Elementary will be built on Sorghum Mill between Broadway and Bryant Road and is scheduled to open in fall 2014.
In February, voters approved an $80 million bond package, the largest in the history of the Edmond School District.
Construction of the district's 17th elementary school for $16.5 million is included in the bond issue.
It became clear that there are multiple people we could have named this school after. Oklahoma was home to so many historical figures who left their mark on our state and on our nation. I don't think we'd ever have enough schools to acknowledge everyone.”
Director of elementary education