New High School to be named after Ronald Reagan?

Of course we have to wait and see if the bond issue passes on Tuesday, but a group of local businessmen may already be planning to propose it be named after the Gipper.

Of course, many have been proposing Jefferson, but in reality it can be named after any president.

Last week I overheard a group ‘upper crust’ businessmen enjoying a cocktail at Minerva’s bar discussing the push to name it after Reagan.

“Makes sense doesn’t it?” One of them says, “What could be more fitting? I mean, Reagan stuck it to the middle and lower middle class during his presidency that has had lasting economic impact over the past 38 years widening the gap between rich and poor.”

“Not sure I understand?” says one of his friends

He replies, “Well the bond itself will burden those same people for up to 30 years. And who can forget sticking it to the elderly on fixed incomes?”

A third guy chimes in, “Sounds verrrryyyy Reagan-ness to me. Here’s a cheer to Ronald Regan High School!”

*While this is a parody, don’t be surprised if someone actually proposes it.


#1 Paul ElevenHaken on 09.12.18 at 5:12 pm

If it’s not Jefferson, then we need to rename all high schools.

#2 JKC on 09.12.18 at 6:34 pm

Pardoy or not, I am all for it if it means that Rounds and Thune will vote “Yea” during the Trump impeachment trials next year…. That should be the stipulation.

Going from naming it after a slave owner (Jefferson) to one who enslaved the middle class (Reagan) has to be some kind of improvement, doesn’t it?

But my only concern is what will be the nickname for the new Reagan High School?…. The Reagan “Voodooers,” “Supply-siders,” “Contrameisters,” “Cold Warriors,” “B-Actors,” “SovietBusters,” “Wallbangers,” or how about the “Thatcherettes”….. It could get confusing, however, whenever when the “Riders” play the “Siders,” or the “Cold Warriors” play the “Warriors”…… And speaking of that, shouldn’t it be the Washington “Patriots” and the Lincoln “Emanicipators,” which would further justify the Reagan “Cold Warriors?”

#3 scott on 09.12.18 at 7:09 pm

i hear heuther is hoping it will be named after him.

#4 JKC on 09.12.18 at 7:48 pm

Or better yet, the Reagan “Hawks,” the “Northerners” (As in Ollie), “MXers,” or the “Bonzoettes.” A course if it’s the “Bonzoettes,” I could imagine the opposing team, late in the 4th quarter with the “Bonzoettes” losing to the other high school 49 to nothing, yelling, “‘Well,’ It looks like it’s ‘Bedtime for Bonzo!'” But at least with a name like the “Bonzoettes,” Reagan HS could have a real ape attend their games, which could be kind of cool, and every time the opposing team scored a touchdown the little old “Bonzo” could cover his eyes with his big humanily/ape hands in total dismay…..

#5 JKC on 09.12.18 at 8:10 pm

Come to think of it, it would probably be the only School District in America with a School named after George McGovern and an other after Ronald Reagan…. But then again, they don’t call South Dakota “The Land of Infinite Variety” for nothing…. (I can’t wait for the schools named after Barry and Barry (Goldwater and Obama). 😉 )

#6 JKC on 09.12.18 at 8:29 pm


Not until he runs for president first.


It hasn’t stop them in the past. Just ask the fine folks in the “Mark Twain” Historic District about that one…

Or, we could be totally politically incorrect and name all four of our high schools after the two Confederate generals and Jefferson Davis, who are all carved on Stone Mountain and the fourth one could be named after Gutzon Borglum, who once had close ties to the KKK.

#7 moses on 09.12.18 at 8:32 pm

Pleas don’t name it after slick Mike Huether.

#8 JKC on 09.12.18 at 9:11 pm

What would be a good nickname for Huether High, however? How about the “Collapsers,” the “Sliders, or better yet, the “Tin Men.” The “Aquatitors?” The “Subprimers?” Or maybe the “Janklow Apologists,” or “Trump Apologists.”

#9 Matthew Paulson on 09.12.18 at 9:52 pm

Pretty sure anyone can propose whatever name they want. It doesn’t mean the school board has to listen to them. Not sure this is worthy of a blog post even on South DaCola.

#10 JKC on 09.13.18 at 2:14 am

Matt, it’s a parody! If you ever make it in politics, and then they name a high school after you, I would suggest they use both your first and last names, because I would hate for future generations to think that Paulson High was named after Pat Paul(sen).*


#11 The Guy from Guernsey on 09.13.18 at 7:22 am

Regardless the formal team name under which the students of Ronald Reagan High School would be known, clever sports journalists, including the talking heads of ESPN, will reference them as “the Gippers”. Stu Whitney would likely do this too.

#12 JKC on 09.13.18 at 10:19 am

“Gippers” sounds like a unimpressionable fish you catch, and then immediately throw back into the water.

#13 matt johnson on 09.13.18 at 1:43 pm

you don’t want to name a school after a president who at least worked with democrats (remember they ran at least the house) but I am sure that you had no problem naming a school after some lady who had been a (partisan) supreme court justice for about ten minutes at the time

#14 Ljl on 09.13.18 at 1:49 pm

Why not call it Obummer? They could be the “Loafers” or maybe the “ Tough Talkin Jellyfish”

#15 JKC on 09.13.18 at 11:50 pm

Something tells me that Sonia is smarter, than Ronny ever was…. Oh and that’s right, Ronny worked with Democrats to save Social Security…. That was when Republicans liked SS before they came up with the brilliant idea to try to tie the SS system to the stock market just a few years before the Great Recession….

As far as Obama High, well, how about the Obama “Dakotans.” Since some very good South Dakota Democrats were instrumental in making him president… 😉