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Hanover poll launched to pick new names for Stonewall, Lee-Davis schools

Posted at 2:10 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 18:39:42-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) announced its top three choices for the renaming of schools formerly known as Lee- Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School late Friday evening.

The School Renaming Committee made the selection after receiving more than 10,000 responses, according to HCPS.

The three options for the middle school:

  • Creek Run: Represents the nearby creeks in the area that feed into the twin rivers, and suggest the flow from middle school to high school.
  • Mechanicsville: Reflects the geographical location served by the school and is easily identifiable to anyone in the Mechanicsville Community.
  • Willow Branch: Recognizes the prevalence of the strong and flexible tree found in the area and represents what our students strive to be.

The three options for the high school:

  • Clearview: Promotes the perspective that the school should provide a clear view for the future and is a focal point in the Mechanicsville community.
  • Mechanicsville: Reflects the geographical location served by the school and is easily identifiable to anyone in Mechanicsville.
  • Twin Rivers: Pays homage to the Pamunkey and Chickahominy rivers, which provide the natural boundaries for the school community.

The committee that decided on these names was approved by the School Board and is made up of community members, parents and students. After more than 3,000 people were nominated, 14 were chosen to be on the panel on Aug. 20.

HCPS is asking Hanover County students, faculty, staff, parents, and other community stakeholders to complete the committee’s new poll on the three finalists, which can be accessed here.

The poll will stay open through Thursday, Sept. 3.

The panel will submit a single name for the middle school and high school for the School Board’s consideration by Sept. 8.