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Hart district to pick name for Castaic high school

Posted: April 16, 2013 1:00 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2013 1:00 p.m.

Members of the William S. Hart Union High School District board will determine what to name the long-planned Castaic-area high school during their meeting Wednesday night.

While board members can decided to name the school whatever they choose, a list of seven suggestions has been forwarded from the Castaic high school naming advisory committee to the board for consideration, according to board documents.

Those suggested names are: Castaic High School, Castaic Lake High School, Castaic Hills High School, Ramona High School, Kashtuk High School, Romero Canyon High School and Lakeview High School.

While many of the suggested names indicate the location of the school, which will be built on a site in Romero Canyon in Castaic, some of them are callbacks to the history of the region, according to Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker, who was also a member of the naming advisory committee.

Ramona High School is an allusion to the heroine in the Helen Hunt Jackson novel “Ramona,” the setting of which is thought to have been modeled in part on nearby Rancho Camulos, which Jackson is said to have visited while writing the book.

The Kashtuk name is also steeped in history. The area of what is now Castaic was originally called Kashtuk, which meant “eyes” in the language of the Chumash Native American tribe.

The district collected public input preferred names for the school in February and received more than 330 responses, according to results provided to The Signal.

“Castaic High School” was far and away the most-suggested name, according to the survey results.

After the name for the school is selected, board members will determine the colors and mascot of the school.
The Hart district board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the district offices, 21515 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita.
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