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Pasco school district seeks new name for transformed Ridgewood High

The School Board has voted to convert the school into a magnet career academy.
Pasco County school district officials have proposed converting Ridgewood High into a technical school. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Pasco County school district officials have proposed converting Ridgewood High into a technical school. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Dec. 1, 2017

It's looking like the name of Ridgewood High School might be going away along with its traditions and programs.

The Pasco County school district on Friday put out a request for recommended new names for the magnet technical high school that will open on the Ridgewood campus in the fall. School Board members approved the transition in early November, on the administration's recommendation.

Some residents sent emails criticizing the move, which is driven in part by the school's continued low performance on state tests. They worried about the loss of a neighborhood school, as well as the history of three decades.

Many remembered Ridgewood as the "Pride of Pasco."

"Ridgewood has special meaning to so many people, myself included, and to completely erase the memories of all accomplishments is an injustice," former teacher and coach Larry Beets wrote to superintendent Kurt Browning in August, when the idea first became publicly aired.

But the process has moved forward unabated. District officials held a workshop this week on maps to eliminate Ridgewood's attendance zone, and send its students to Fivay or Gulf high schools.

Now comes the call for naming ideas.

It seems highly likely that one proposal will be heavily submitted, that of founding principal Wendell Krinn, who passed away not that long ago.

The district asks that proposal be sent along with a brief explanation for each by December 12, 2017.  Email submissions to dhebert@pasco.k12.fl.us, and type "Technical High School" in the subject line.  Submissions also can be faxed to 813-794-2716, or mailed to:  Deborah Hebert, Pasco County Schools Communications & Government Relations Dept., 7227 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL 34638.