Board backs name for new high school

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The Columbia County Board of Education tentatively approved the name Grovetown High School for the county's fifth high school at its meeting Tuesday.

The 230,000-square-foot facility, which is under construction on Chamblin Road, is scheduled to open in 2009.

The board supported the proposal by a 4-0 vote.

Board member Mike Sleeper abstained, saying he would like more time to think about a name before making a decision. Grovetown was one of seven names that was suggested for the board's consideration at the meeting.

Roxanne Whitaker, who was unanimously approved as the board's vice chairwoman for this year, said most of the students who will attend the new high school live in Grovetown or have a Grovetown ZIP code.

"It just gives it that hometown feeling," she said.

Superintendent Charles Nagle said that once rezoning plans have been finalized, a lot of the school's students won't have Grovetown addresses.

The board hopes to approve rezoning plans for the school by spring.

The facility, which has a three-tiered, split-level design, will hold 1,250 to 1,500 students.

Mr. Nagle said Grovetown was a "historically and geographically descriptive" name.

According to research provided to the board by Barry Paschal, the publisher of The Columbia County News-Times , the county had a Grovetown High School from at least the early 1900s until the 1940s.

Grovetown High, along with Central and Leah schools, eventually moved its upper grades to Harlem High and became a primary school only.

"I think that will make a lot of people happy in the Grovetown area," Mr. Nagle said after the meeting.

Other names presented to the board included Liberty, or Liberty Park; Horizon; Central; Euchee Creek; Philadelphia and Sardis.

Reach Betsy Gilliland at (706) 868-1222, ext. 113, or betsy.gilliland@augustachronicle.com.

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CHIEF
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CHIEF 01/09/08 - 07:14 am
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OH the Kids will love the

OH the Kids will love the name, It has a real zesty appeal. Why not Austin Rhodes or Charles Walker. Idots at the school board makes another dumb move. We are to blame for these idots. Let the kids decide fools.

fugitivetracker
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fugitivetracker 01/09/08 - 07:22 am
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"Grovetown High" sounds too

"Grovetown High" sounds too hokey. Why not something more intellectually inspiring?

Msmamm
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Msmamm 01/09/08 - 07:33 am
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Idot??? Do you mean "idiot"??

Idot??? Do you mean "idiot"?? Hmmmm...

wise ole man
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wise ole man 01/09/08 - 07:41 am
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Sounds pretty sensible to me

Sounds pretty sensible to me especially after you read the other choices! The school does have a Grovetown address!

easy breezy
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easy breezy 01/09/08 - 08:08 am
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There is Harlem Elementary,

There is Harlem Elementary, Harlem Middle, Harlem High. What's wrong with Grovetown Elementary, Grovetown Middle, Grovetown High? Where in the world did Philadelphia and Sardis come from??

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Barry Paschal 01/09/08 - 08:56 am
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Philadelphia and Sardis are

Philadelphia and Sardis are names from the former school districts of that area. They were never under serious consideration as names for the new school; I supplied them to the board to help give them a complete historical look at former schools of that area.

CSRAider
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CSRAider 01/09/08 - 09:01 am
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I like Columbia High School,

I like Columbia High School, Like Columbia Middle, Do we really need another school with initials GHS

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Barry Paschal 01/09/08 - 09:23 am
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They would call it GTHS,

They would call it GTHS, similar to the way Grovetown Middle (GTMS) is differentiated from Greenbrier Middle.

Living the Country Life
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Living the Country Life 01/09/08 - 10:12 am
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I personally like Euchee

I personally like Euchee Creek High School. Their school mascot could be the Eagle....a great American icon.

big dog
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big dog 01/09/08 - 10:19 am
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Why not Groovytown High?

Why not Groovytown High?

wise ole man
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wise ole man 01/09/08 - 10:26 am
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Riverside Middle, which will

Riverside Middle, which will not feed into Grovetown High, is already the Eagles. The mascot for GTHS is the Warriors- the student body will be allowed to choose what sort of Warrior it wants- and Native American or Storm Trooper. I believe I read where the colors are red, white and blue- the colors of America.

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Glascock1 01/09/08 - 11:53 am
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It will be full of Mexicans

It will be full of Mexicans anyway,so why not Los Grovetown?

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dewey 01/09/08 - 03:19 pm
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Grovetown high School is most

Grovetown high School is most appropriate!!!! Mayor Dennis Trudeau should be commended for his everlasting vision for education and Grovetown to now have its own High School!!! He laid the groundwork years ago for this to happen.Mayor-you have been a true inspiration for your community and for me as an educator. Hats off to the BOE for naming the new high school so appropriately!!

Dewey Carey

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MartinezWest Augusta 01/09/08 - 04:29 pm
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call it thug high. with all

call it thug high. with all the thugs who live in grovetown. Nothing but trailer parks, with poor single woman with 5 kids. They dont know who the father or fathers is. The boyfriend has no job, just lives with the girlfriend who's on welfare. The boyfriend sell meth or cocaine. This school will become a jungle

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dani 01/09/08 - 04:56 pm
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If the school is in

If the school is in Grovetown, then name it Grovetown. I am so tired of wondering where something is located. Every numbered highway, every bridge, every building has to be changed to some name that has no relation to the location or reason. Bah...

dani
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dani 01/09/08 - 04:57 pm
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deep..shame on you. That is

deep..shame on you. That is totally unnecessary. There are good people in Grovetown I am sure.

MartinezWest Augusta
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MartinezWest Augusta 01/09/08 - 06:51 pm
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I never said there wasn't

I never said there wasn't good people in grovetown. But the gang fight at harlem high school. With over 20 kids fighting at one time. Alot of those kids who were fighting and thinking that they are blood or crips. Live where? Grovetown

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georgiasouthern 01/10/08 - 01:16 am
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Rather you name it Harvard

Rather you name it Harvard High or Ghetto High that is not going to change the makeup of kids that o there. Do me a big favor and stop arguing over a name of a school that IS located in Grovetown or jump off a bridge and do the city of Grovetown a favor.

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georgiasouthern 01/10/08 - 01:18 am
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By the way if it were called

By the way if it were called Appling High School you all would complain about how redneck the name was.

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georgiasouthern 01/10/08 - 01:23 am
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Lewiston Rd which IS also

Lewiston Rd which IS also Grovetown will be the next Wheeler Rd. If it was not for Grovetown where would Columbia County be. John Deere by the way not to mention Horizon South in which is now being expanded ACROSS the interstate because it is ALL BUILT OUT. Digest that SNOBS!!!

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pineapple5250 01/10/08 - 09:18 am
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We have lived in Grovetown

We have lived in Grovetown for over 20 years and my children went to Grovetown Elementary. One now goes to Grovetown Middle and one is at Harlem High. Talking to friends who will be attending this school they all want it called Grovetown High School BUT they want to be allowed to make the decision on what their mascot will be. They say that waht they wanted for a mascot for GMS was not allowed and in fact what was selected wasn't even on the list. As for the individual saying Grovetown is full of nothing but trailer parks and thugs isn't from Grovetown.

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RonRoberts 01/16/08 - 12:49 pm
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As somebody who grew up in

As somebody who grew up in Grovetown and attended HARLEM High School, I'd have been blown away if the school board NOT given Grovetown its high school via her name. Some of the off-color comments and ridicule about the city and name are just inane and without base, frankly.

Mayor Dennis Trudeau and the city's leaders, in the last two decades or so, have completely changed the course of Grovetown's history - for the better. She is a thriving city, with subdivisions, parks, a community center, a beautiful walking trail meandering along Euchee Creek, to name a few shining examples.

Grovetown deservs this; having a high school bear her name will give the city something to truly rally around. Avoiding this name would've been a disservice to the community that's been asked to support another town's school for decades, frankly. And giving it a generic "Liberty," "Liberty Park," or "Horizon" label would've buried this school among the hundreds around the nation with similar non-descript names.

I fully envision citizens of Grovetown - many withOUT kids, who'll attend function and athletic events with PRIDE now because of this naming. This is a wise choice.

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alantorres 01/21/08 - 01:54 pm
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Grovetown high is gonna rock

Grovetown high is gonna rock every other columbia county school in football get ready for a beating IN 2009 (EVANS)

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