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Community chooses ‘South Valley’ for school name

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Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 5:54 pm | Updated: 9:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Gilbert community stuck to tradition when suggesting South Valley High School as the most requested name for the Gilbert Unified School District's fifth high school in an online survey and e-mails. Almost 600 people suggested the name.

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South Valley Junior High School is the closest junior high to the new high school, which is scheduled to open in the fall at Germann Road and Val Vista Drive.

Each of the district's other four high schools also have junior highs with the same name. However, there's also Greenfield Junior High School, which doesn't have a high school named after it.

Greenfield High School was the fourth most popular suggested name, which was compiled by district employees and released Friday.

Of course, Campo Verde High, the name originally chosen by the school board for the new high school, is Spanish for green field.

Dozens of parents urged the board through e-mails and phone calls to choose another name, saying they didn't like the Campo Verde name because it didn't fit in with the area, wasn't attached to a district junior high name and sounded too close to Camp Verde High. Parents also said they wanted to give input into the high school's name.

Despite the controversy, Campo Verde High was still listed as the seventh top suggested name.

In response to the parent uproar, the Gilbert district launched a six-day online survey asking for names. Almost 4,700 completed the survey, although only about 2,800 suggested names, said Dianne Bowers, the district's spokeswoman.

The board will take the new list and discuss changing the Campo Verde High name at Tuesday's board meeting.

Quartz Hill High was the second most popular suggestion. Quartz Hill Elementary sits next to the high school.

San Tan High, Val Vista High, Germann High, Quartz High, Copper Point High and John McCain High round out the top 10.

Barack Obama High, Ronald Reagan High and Walter Delecki High (a longtime Gilbert district superintendent) also were suggested.

Five demographic questions were included.

Seventy-percent of respondents said they lived in Arizona for more than 10 years. Eighty-nine percent said they have a child attending a Gilbert school.

Parents of children attending Quartz Hill Elementary and Mesquite High were the highest percentage to fill out the survey over other district schools.

If you go:

What: Gilbert Unified School District governing board meeting

Where: district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Info: (480) 497-3300 or

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