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Because Union River High had a possible unseemly nickname, the board voted to change the name to Riverside High.

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board met Monday, March 21, for a special meeting to vote on a new name for the third-option high school.

A week prior, during the March 14 meeting, the board finalized a name for the new school that will replace Arts and Technology High School, unanimously deciding on Union River High School — which members felt symbolized the unification of both cities in the district and the multiple rivers that connect them.

After the vote, the board was met with celebratory cheers from the audience. But the celebration didn't last long as the district became aware later in the week that some in the community had concerns that the school might be nicknamed "U R High."

"We began to get some feedback from our community that folks were concerned that one way (the name) might be shortened might not live into that positive academic focus that we are looking to build," Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Spencer-Iiams said. "That is not the tone we want to bring to our new school."

During the March 21 meeting, the board was presented with the other two names that received the most votes during the last board session — Riverside High and River's Edge High. The board talked the names over briefly and ultimately decided on Riverside High.

Board Chair Chelsea King said she liked Riverside as it is a "clean" name with no apostrophe and just one word.


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