New BSD school will be named Mountainside High
The new high school will open in September of 2017. It's funded by a $680 million bond measure passed by voters in May 2014.
Come September 2017, the Mountainside Mavericks will join the Beaverton School District roster.
The name Mountainside High School was chosen for the new school under construction in the South Cooper Mountain area. The school, on the corner of Southwest 175th and Scholls Ferry Road, will open its doors in September 2017 as the district's sixth comprehensive high school.
The school board voted 4-2 for the name at Monday's meeting. Board member Linda Degman and chair Anne Bryan voted to name the school "Cooper Mountain."
Name suggestions were narrowed down last month, following weeks of public input as well as feedback from a focus group of 30 current ninth-graders who will attend Mountainside High School during its inaugural year.
Last month, the new high school's planning team worked with the focus group to declare "Mavericks" as the school mascot and black, silver and a light 'Columbia Blue' as the school colors.
The name describes the school's location on the south side of Cooper Mountain. "Mountainside" is also a nod to one of the first elementary schools in the area. In 1874, Mountainside School was established on land just west of the Miles and Jane Davies donation land claim in what was then the Flint School District.
Mountainside" bested more than 100 name suggestions from the public. Final suggestions to the board included Cooper Vista High School and Progress Ridge High School.
In choosing a name, the board followed certain guidelines. According to board policy, schools cannot be named after a living person, nor can they be named after someone who died within the last three years. Preference was given to name suggestions with community relevance or local historical significance.
The district's public communications office prepared a report which included a historical overview about local Native American tribes, farm settlements, homesteads, hospitals, and early schools in the South Cooper Mountain area.
The new high school will open in September of 2017. It's funded by a $680 million bond measure passed by voters in May 2014. In addition to the new high school, the bond will also pay for the construction of two new schools and the demolition and rebuilding of four other schools. The construction of the new school ushered in a high school boundary adjustment process that came to a conclusion in September.
Construction on the new high school building in the South Cooper Mountain area is expected to be completed in August 2017.
This story will be updated.