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School Board to select Ruskin elementary school name Tuesday

RUSKIN — Tomato Tots, Cesar Chavez and Barack Obama are all on the list of potential names the Hillsborough County School Board could select Tuesday for the new elementary school in Ruskin.

Elementary School "A" is on East Shell Point Road, next to Lennard High School.

The public was allowed to submit names to the Hillsborough County School District for consideration, generating a list of more than 130 options. During Tuesday's meeting, board members might throw other potential names into the ring, spokeswoman Tanya Arja said.

Residents can advocate for certain names during the public comment period.

"We know just in the community, people are asking their friends or family to come down and support one name versus another," Arja said.

Active campaigns have been launched for at least three individuals: attorney Warren Hope Dawson, former Brandon and Armwood high principal Lyle Flagg and former School Board member Jack Lamb. Some in the community have lobbied for a name that reflects the area, such as South Shore Elementary.

The board will whittle the list after public comments. It might take several votes, Arja said, before one name emerges as the victor.

School Board policy says schools should be named for individuals who have rendered outstanding service to public education, such as U.S. presidents, School Board members, educators, outstanding citizens and geographic locations.

Caitlin Johnston can be reached at or (813) 661-2443.

Names suggested

ABC Hunter



Ballard, Henry James Sr.

Barnes, Alfred

Battles, Sue A.

Bay Area



Beard, Malcom E.

Bermudez Sandoval, Brenda E.


Blair, Florence

Bok, Edward W.

Brady, Rowena Ferrell

Bricklemyer, Carolyn

Bright Bay

Bryant, Candy Sue

Burgue, Becky

Carbarello, Jennifer

Carothers, Frances

Carr, Phillip

Carrington, Herbert

Carson, Dr. Benjamin S. Sr.

Carter, Jimmy

Chavez, Cesar

Clinton, Hillary Rodham

Clinton, William

Cox, John B.

Cruz-Ginorio, Rev. William R.


Cypress Lennard


Dawson, Warren Hope

De Burgos, Julia

Eakins, Jeff


Ellis, Ronald


Escuela Academica

Few, Crosby

Fifty American Stars

Flagg, Lyle R.

Fort, Clarence

Frank, Pat

Friedberg, Chief David

Gatlin, James

Genshaft, Dr. Judy

Gilder, Robert L.

Green, Joseph L.

Griffin, Harold H. Jr.

Grinan, Sylvia C.

Gulf Breeze

Hammer, Lamar


Henderson, Cpl. Ferrandy

Herrera, Isabella

Hess, Army Spc. David



Jefferson, Thomas

Jimenez, Gus Richard



Kennedy, John F.

Kickladder, H.D. Grady

King, Luther


Lamb, Dr. Jack R.


Lennard Jr.



Little Lennard

Little Longhorns

Little Manatee



Martin, Janett S.

May, Nellie B.

Merritt, Saul

Miller, Dr. George McAnelly


Myers, Randolph Sr.

New Beginnings

New Era

Ninos para un futuro

Obama, Barack

Ortiz, Esperanza

Otero, Kenneth

Paine, Scott

Parks, Rosa

Pine Creek

Poindexter, Randy

Reeve, Christopher


Rockefeller, John D.



Ruskin Tomatoes

Saladino, Tony


Selmon, Lee Roy

Shell Point

Sherman, John

Silas, Claudia

Simmons, Ellsworth G.

Skinner, Marvin D.


Smith, Jaiden E.

Sotomayor, Sonia Maria

South Bay

South County

South Shore



Southwestern Ruskin


Stephenson, Gwendolyn

Sun City

Sunshine Fields

Sunshine South

Sunshine State

Thompson, Vince

Tomato Tots




Wasylkiw, Christine A.


West Side

Womack, Betty J.

Worden, Dr. Lawrence H.

School Board to select Ruskin elementary school name Tuesday 09/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:25pm]
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