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Hanover Schools unveil possible new names for Stonewall, Lee-Davis

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 11:53:44-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- After receiving more than 3,000 submissions, Hanover County Schools have unveiled 14 possible new school names for the schools formerly known as Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

A renaming committee appointed by the Hanover County School Board met Thursday to select the names for consideration.

Here are the 14 possible names under consideration:

• Clearview
• Creek Run
• Dogwood
• Freedom
• Mechanicsville
• New Dominion
• New Haven
• Newcastle
• Pine Creek
• Pine Hill
• Pioneer
• Progress Point
• Twin Rivers
• Willow Branch

School officials note School Board policy stipulates that schools cannot be named after any person (living or deceased), which disqualified many submissions.

The policy lists geographic location, environmental features, and historical considerations as factors for consideration.

The county is now calling on Hanover students, faculty, staff, parents, and other community members to vote on the 14 options here.

The poll will stay open through Thursday, August 27.

After the poll closes, the committee will review the results and the community will be polled again from August 28 through September 3 on three choices.

The committee will submit a single name for the high school and a single name for the middle school for the School Board’s consideration at its September 8 meeting.

Once the School Board has chosen new school names, new mascots will also be selected. That selection process will be shared with the community as it becomes available.

In July, the Hanover County School Board voted 4-3 to rename the schools originally named after leaders of the Confederacy.