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Lorain High lives on: New high school to have familiar name


LORAIN — The consolidated high school will be named Lorain High School after a unanimous vote by the school board Wednesday night.

Students from Southview and Admiral King high schools will be consolidated in the fall in the Admiral King building until a new high school is built.

Of the 629 name suggestions submitted online or mailed in, 271 of them were for Lorain High School, said Tony Dimacchia, school board president. The second most popular suggestion was Admiral King High School, followed by Lorain Central High.

Dimacchia urged the board to reuse the Admiral King name at another school in the district.

Lorain High is a familiar moniker for a Lorain school — there was a Lorain High School until 1995, when it was turned into a middle school and finally closed permanently in 2005. The building was recently demolished.

Marc Garcia, 17, a junior at Admiral King, told the board he wanted his diploma to read Admiral King High School and not Lorain High School — something Dimacchia said current students would be allowed to do if they choose.

Lorain High School’s colors, mascot, nickname and fight song are being decided with students’ help, Lorain Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said, adding that the board hopes to announce the colors, mascot and nickname at its next meeting so uniforms can be ordered.

Atkinson also announced after the meeting that current Southview High School Principal Tracy Carpenter will be the new principal at Lowell Elementary School since the principal there is retiring. Admiral King’s current principal, Diane Conibear, has been chosen to head the consolidated Lorain High School.

The board’s next meeting is 6:30 p.m. March 31 at the Charleston Administration Building on Pole Avenue.

Contact Alicia Castelli at 329-7144 or

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