Just name the new High School ‘Jefferson’ and get it over with

Don’t you love all this ‘officialness’ and ‘secrecy’ surrounding the new school names? Shocker? Right?

More than 2,000 people weighed in on names for a new Sioux Falls high school and middle school after a survey went out last month.

But the public won’t know what their name suggestions were.

Sioux Falls School District spokeswoman Carly Uthe told the Argus Leader on Wednesday that suggestions will be given to a naming committee assembled by Superintendent Brian Maher. That committee will meet privately to review the suggestions, choose a name for each school and bring those names before the school board for a final vote as early as Jan. 28.

“We aren’t releasing any specific names we’ve received,” Uthe said via email.

So Why the F’ck did you ask for them to begin with? What would be the harm in 1) Showing the TOP 20 suggestions to the public (that fit the criteria) and 2) having the naming committee’s meeting open to the public with public comment? How is a secret meeting, with secret people selected by the Super have anything to do with involving the public?

You might as well skip all this hoopla, slap Jefferson’s name on the new HS and get it over with.


#1 Scott on 01.02.19 at 2:34 pm

They like to create drama along with the closed door secrecy. They’ll then have a press conference to reveal the name.

#2 l3wis on 01.02.19 at 2:36 pm

If they put Janklow’s name on any of the schools, I will move to Larchwood, and this time I mean it.

#3 "Very Stable Genius"......IS BACK! on 01.02.19 at 3:35 pm

I am hoping for a compromise, where they can keep the Mt. Rushmore motif going, but by just naming it after George Jefferson instead:


#4 "Very Stable Genius"......IS BACK! on 01.02.19 at 3:52 pm

I can’t wait, until they exhume BJ’s casket and replant it in the new east river national cementary; because the local media will then talk about it for an entire week….

#5 "Very Stable Genius"......IS BACK! on 01.02.19 at 3:56 pm

“ceme(n)t(a)ry?” Or, was that subconsciously intended?

#6 The Guy from Guernsey on 01.02.19 at 6:46 pm

Subliminal thought even placed the word ‘plant’ into the post. Auto correct works in strange ways, VSG…IB.

#7 IDK on 01.02.19 at 7:24 pm

Just put in a request for the list. The survey results should be public knowledge. It won’t be Jefferson, it will be Trump High.

#8 anominous on 01.02.19 at 9:51 pm

what mascot would Bill Janklow HS have.

#9 moses6 on 01.03.19 at 12:13 am

Jefferson was a slaver, Visit his plantation and you will know why.

#10 D@ily Spin on 01.03.19 at 6:30 am

Don’t paint ‘Jesus’ on it!! Jefferson is the last face on Mt. Rushmore without a high school named after him. Otherwise, Pelosi?

#11 l3wis on 01.03.19 at 9:35 am

BJ HS would have a polished turd as a mascot.

#12 The Guy from Guernsey on 01.03.19 at 10:10 am

Whatever the mascot for Sioux Falls William J Janklow High School, it would wear a Members Only jacket and carry a portable bull horn speaker.

#13 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.03.19 at 12:55 pm

The Janklow Speedsters!

#14 Ljl on 01.04.19 at 1:50 pm

Speedsters made me chuckle.

#15 Erica on 01.09.19 at 12:06 am

Jefferson High School
Russell Means Middle School

My suggestions anyway since we won’t get to find out what any of the suggested names were. How does one get on the “naming committee” anyway. Didn’t see any notices going out to parents of students in the school district to volunteer for such a thing as there is for other committees.

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