“It’s an opportunity in terms of a fresh beginning,” said Principal Curtis LaPierre.
The composite term is far outdated, and ever since Grades 7, 8, 9 moved over in ‘91, a name change has been on the table.
There is criteria for naming schools, they are: the name must be significant to the students and parents, be easily identifiable, not be in conflict with other names in the Golden Hills School Division or surrounding jurisdictions, and to be compliant with other copyrights and trademarks.
LaPierre explained a new, more accurate name, could breathe new life into Drumheller’s attraction.
“Our stage now is international,” the principal said, referring to the exchange students who call Drumheller home. “When recruiting overseas, people do not understand the term ‘composite'."
The high school term does not fit with the school’s grade numbers, and composite does not accurately describe their vocational, CTS, fine arts, sports, or academic strengths.
Name nominations can be sent to email@example.com, with the initial deadline being Monday, October 4.
After Monday, the names will be grouped according to similarity, and a final list of 4-5 names will be presented for a second vote. Deadline for the final votes will be October 12.
"People still like the name Composite High School," LaPierre said, adding they've received emails in support of retaining the name.
The composite school term was common in the 1960's, describing schools with academic and vocational qualities.
Schools were given federal grant money for using the name composite, LaPierre said.
But today's DCHS encompasses a more diverse course repertoire, from welding, to drama and band, to a strong athletic community.
Not only is the school looking to change the name, but LaPierre had said a host of other changes are going to be considered, including a possible revision of the school's mission and values.