With construction of a new facility to replace Harding High progressing for the next school year, the naming of the school has reemerged. Keep the name or something new? Four years ago then Mayor Bill Finch, whose administration secured property off Boston Avenue from General Electric to build a modern facility, suggested renaming the school after Barack Obama. See video above from 2014. “The president who gave us Teapot Dome, or the president who gave us Steel Point, what would you prefer?”
Finch referenced an oil scandal that consumed presidential appointees of Harding who died in office in 1923. The fallout from the scandal emerged after Harding’s death. The school opened in 1925. For many Harding graduates opposed to a name change, the school represents a nostalgic pride point in their lives, not a name sullied by reputation.
CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck has more:
Naming rights take up a big chunk of time at city school board meetings these days.
A committee is already in place to recommend names for the Harding High School football field once it moves to its new location on Bond Street in the fall.
Last month, that committee was sent back to the drawing board for working too quickly.
On Monday, three more naming committees were authorized: one to consider renaming Harding itself, one to name the day care center that will be part of the new school and a third to name the basketball court across town at the renovated Central High. Not the gymnasium–which already has a name–but the actual hardwood across the floor.
Full story here.