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West Fargo School Board narrows the list of middle, high school names

This architectural rendering gives a bird's-eye view of what would be the West Fargo School District's third middle school. YHR Partners / Special to The Forum

The West Fargo School Board is one step closer to naming its third middle school and high school.

The board whittled down a list of names for both the middle school and high school. For the middle school, the board will decide between Centennial, Dakota, United or Heritage. The board will decide a new high school name out of the choices of Horace, Rivers Bend or Roosevelt.

The district received 329 suggestions, or 150 unique names for the middle school and 228 submissions or 91 unique names for the high school, District Spokeswoman Heather Leas said.

Board members then submitted their top three choices to Leas, who narrowed down the list to 14 names for each school.

"Horace was the number one submitted named for both the middle school and high school," Board President Patti Stedman said. "It would be West Fargo Horace. Just like it's West Fargo Sheyenne."

While Horace was suggested as a name for both schools, the board agreed to make it a choice for the high school and not the middle school.

"Then we honor the Horace community," Board Member Jim Jonas said.

The board removed the middle school names Destiny, Frontier, Great Plains, Justice, Prairie, Prairieview, River Valley, Riverside, Two Rivers and Unity from consideration at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 25.

"Prairieview sounds like a hospital or nursing home," Stedman said.

The board decided to remove the high school names Allegiance, Flickertail, Prairie Rose, Tundra, Prairie Winds, Prairie, Red Cloud and Washington.

Although the name Heritage was submitted for a high school, the board decided to add it to the finalist list for the middle school.

School Board members will now rank the remaining name suggestions in order of their preference. The board will then vote on a name for each school at its March 11 meeting.

Both schools will be constructed on a shared campus at 76th Avenue South and Sheyenne Street in the city of Horace as part of a $106.9 million referendum passed by voters in September.

Construction on the middle school will begin this spring and it will open in 2020, when construction on the high school will begin.

The board decided earlier in February to allow current students who will attend the two schools to submit potential school colors and mascots. The board will then narrow down the list of mascot and school colors but students will be allowed to make the final choice.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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