The school's working title is Valley Region High School 4, but obviously that won't do.
Interesting fact: the school just so happens to be on the former site of my birthplace, Granada Hills Community Hospital. And of course, Giga High would be an extraordinarily rad name for a school, but we all know that when faced with a plurality of choices, LAUSD never goes with the raddest one.
Badass Brad favors naming the school after John W. Finn, a native Angeleno and Medal of Honor recipient from WW II (the only one of 15 from Pearl Harbor for combat, as opposed to rescue work) who died this year.
The honorable contributions of Mr. Finn aside, my preferred approach would be a name with a more direct connection to our region and to Granada Hills' history.
Valerie Bertinelli High? No, she went to Granada. Cheech Marin High? No, too redundant.
Eichler High comes to mind; Wikipedia explains that the architect
Joseph Eichler was a social visionary and commissioned designs primarily for middle-class Americans. One of his stated aims was to construct inclusive and diverse planned communities, ideally featuring integrated parks and community centers. Eichler, unlike most builders at the time, established a non-discrimination policy and offered homes for sale to anyone of any religion or race. In 1958, he resigned from the National Association of Home Builders when they refused to support a non-discrimination policy.
Yet since the school building itself, I'm assuming, will not be an architectural heir to Eichler, naming the school after the visionary architect would take on a certain oddball irony.
That leaves just one obvious choice: the school must be named Bo Diddley High School.
Mister Diddley lived in Granada Hills circa 1968-1971, and his contribution to the world of music, especially in the early fusion of blues and rock are unmatched. Naming the school after him would signify recognition of our region's history as well as the importance of arts in education.
Ramon C. Cortines
Superintendent of Schools
Office of the Superintendent
P.O. Box 3307
Los Angeles, CA 90051
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Name the new Granada Hills school Bo Diddley High!