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Uh, Lil' Waney School?

By Amber Mobley Times Staff Writer
Published October 19, 2007


A name.

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 School

For 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

 

Citizens

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 Tampa

Other

 

Almighty MOSI

 

 

 

 

 

BLV Tigger, an apparent reference to the Winnie the Pooh character

Golden Star

Hopewell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lil' Waney Partnership, an apparent reference to rapper Lil' Wayne

MOSI

MOSI Partnership

Museum

My MOSI

Purkuchen

Reggae MOSI

 

Places

USF Neighborhood

Educators

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Citizens

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 named

Places

 

Camelot

Citrus Grove

Citrus Park

Odessa

Orange Park

U.S. presidents

 

 

 

 

William Clinton, 42nd president

Andrew Jackson, seventh president

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th president

Zachary Taylor, 12th president

Animals

Jaguar

Panther

Raven

Other

Booker

Bush

Citrus Bear

Citrus Park Kangaroos

Citrus Pointe

Clark

Country Way

Crossroads

Crossway

Douglass Jr.

Eagle Park

Justice

Landfill

Lewis

Sheldon

Sunshine State

Treasure

Vargas

Veterans

West Park

Westfield

Wisdom

Youth