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Sun Valley selected as name of new elementary school

The Sunnyside School Board last night picked Sun Valley as the name of the new elementary school soon to be built in Sunnyside.

A committee previously appointed to come up with names for the new school was further directed by the board last month to offer more geographical names representing the area after Stan Davis, head of the committee, submitted three names at last month's school board meeting.

Last month Davis submitted Emerson Elementary School, William H. Cline Elementary School and Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School as possible names.

At last night's meeting, Davis submitted five more, along with the previous three suggested.

The names were:

• Black Rock Springs Elementary School, recognizing Black Rock Creek which is formed by ground water and run off.

• Sunny Valley Elementary School, which depicts the Sunnyside and Yakima Valley in general.

• Lake Lewis Elementary School, named for the body of water that covered this area during the Spokane flood several thousand years ago.

• Sagebrush Elementary School, because sagebrush is an indigenous plant in the area.

• Rattlesnake Springs Elementary School, recognizing an area identified on topographical maps of the area around Sunnyside.

Board member Rocky Simmons told the board someone had suggested to him Mountain View Elementary School.

Davis told Simmons there is already a school in the ESD named that and they try to stay away from similar names.

"Going back to the William H. Cline name," board member Stephen Carpenter noted, "I think there are a lot of historical figures we could choose from."

He went on to mention Ben Snipes and other well known names from Sunnyside's early days. Carpenter said he wasn't on the school board when Pioneer Elementary School was named but thought the word Pioneer honored all of Sunnyside's early leaders.

"That's why I'm leaning toward a geographical name," he explained.

He added he liked the name Sunny Valley.

Simmons said he liked both Black Rock as a name, taking out Springs from the newly suggested names, and Sunny Valley.

Davis said if Black Rock was picked as the name, then black rocks could be included in the landscape of the new school.

Board member Miguel Puente told the board he liked Sun Valley opposed to Sunny Valley.

Sunnyside School Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole suggested to the board they nominate names and then vote on them.

Puente nominated Sun Valley as the new name and the board unanimously passed the name for the new school.

"It's a good name," Lorenzo Garza Jr., chairman of the board, concluded.

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