Uh, Lil' Waney School?
By Amber Mobley Times Staff Writer
Published October 19, 2007
It can solidify a reputation, formalize a foundation and leave a legacy.
For schools, getting one leads to mascots, mastheads, monogrammed shirts, and, school district officials hope, a sense of pride.
Come Nov. 6, two north Tampa schools are set to get names of their own: an elementary school inside the Museum of Science and Industry, currently called the MOSI Partnership School, and Middle School RR, slated to open next fall on the current campus of Citrus Park Elementary.
The School Board suggested that nominations fall into categories like geographic locations, U.S. presidents, educators, and people who have given outstanding service to public education.
Students, educators and community members suggested all of that, and then some, with 49 names for the middle school and 21 for the elementary.
Here are the nominees.
For the MOSI Partnership SchoolFor Middle School RREducators
Mark Dafeldecker, for the former Northwest Elementary principal and late husband of MOSI Partnership School principal Cheryl Dafeldecker
Betty Castor, currently executive director of the Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions, longtime politician and former University of South Florida president
Dr. John J. Iorio, for Mayor Pam Iorio's late father, who was one of USF's earliest professors
Claudia Silas, for the deceased former Head Start administrator and home economics teacher at Middleton High School
Dr. James O. BrookinsSr., for the late Tampa family physician
Perry Curtis HarveySr., for deceased local labor leader and social activist. (A park in downtown Tampa is named in his memory.)
Andromeda Spencer, Viquilla R. Troupe, Alana Williams, for Florida State University classmates who died in a car crash in September 2005 on the way to Tallahassee from TampaOther
BLV Tigger, an apparent reference to the Winnie the Pooh character
Lil' Waney Partnership, an apparent reference to rapper Lil' Wayne
Dr. Sandy Bunkin, for recently retired Alonso High School principal
James Gatlin, for the deceased longtime educator and former principal of Middleton and Chamberlain high schools
Marion Romens, former general director for middle schools
Debra Veranth, current director of administration and former Bryant Elementary principal
Lisa Yost, McKitrick Elementary School principal and Florida's National Distinguished Principal for 2007
Cyril Blythe AndrewsJr., chairman of The Florida Sentinel Bulletin
Linda Arenas, daughter of the late James Sterling Walker, who was the original proprietor of the Walker Motel, a historical vacation spot for blacks in Central Florida
Benjamin S. Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon
Perry Curtis Harvey Sr.
Roberto Clemente, first Latin-American inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, now deceased
Tony Dungy, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head football coach
Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated civil rights activist
Rosa Parks, deceased civil rights activist
Vila Brothers, for the seven Vila brothers - Hector, Joe, Willie, Wilfredo Jr., Robert, Denio and Tony - who served a combined 61 years of U.S. military service, and for whom a park in West Tampa is namedPlaces
William Clinton, 42nd president
Andrew Jackson, seventh president
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th president
Zachary Taylor, 12th president
Citrus Park Kangaroos
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