KHSD wants you to help name a new school in Southeast Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif (KGET) — It’s currently named “School 19,” but now you can help decide the name for a new high school in Bakersfield.

The Kern High School District has opened the “Name Our Next School” contest.

Starting Monday, May 6, the district is accepting submissions of possible names for the school slated to be built at East Panama Lane and Cottonwood Road.

KHSD is accepting submissions through May 31.

You can read submit an entry online at the district’s website

Paper forums are also available at the district’s office located at 5801 Sundale Ave. and returned to the Public Information Office.

KHSD says committee will consider submissions given it follows the following rules.

All suggested school names will be considered by the KHSD Superintendent’s Screening Committee for the Naming of New Facilities using the criteria below:

  • Shall be free from biases, prejudices, political or religious connotations
  • Shall not recognize an individual
  • Shall take into consideration location, community, and local heritage

Committee review of submitted school names will also be subject to District guidelines for the naming
of schools that recommend-but do not mandate-that school names:

  • Not begin with the first letter in the name of another KHSD school
  • Not limit mascot selection
  • Not yet be the name of a high school elsewhere in the San Joaquin Valley
  • Be of appropriate length.

Construction of the school is expected to begin in the fall of 2020.

The last time a school district asked for suggestions for a school name, the list included singer Cardi B. and former Bakersfield mayor, Harvey Hall.

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