Residents pick Rocky Gorge for name of middle school

September 27, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Howard County's middle school off Gorman Road should be called Rocky Gorge Middle School, not Fairview Middle School, area residents told the Howard County school board Tuesday night.

"People prefer the name Rocky Gorge instead of Fairview," said Susan Godzuk, a parent who was a member of the school system's naming committee.

Godzuk said Rocky Gorge is the name that the neighborhood has chosen because it is not in North Laurel and the name Scaggsville is out of favor. The community is near the Rocky Gorge Reservoir, on the line between Howard and Montgomery counties.

Last month, the naming committee recommended Fairview, which is the name of a three-story Queen Anne-style house at Gorman and Murray Hill roads. The house was built in 1885 and is occupied by Kingdon Gould III.

But residents turned in petitions signed by 80 neighbors who preferred Rocky Gorge. They also reported that at least two community associations had voted for Rocky Gorge instead of Fairview.

"When I told the neighborhood about the name [Fairview], I was faced with nothing but disappointment," said Karina Zimmerman, another member of the naming committee and president of the Hunter Creek Homeowners Association.

Gregory Fries, a community representative on the naming committee, added: "There seems to be a very strong grass-roots effort to bring an identity to the neighborhood" through the name Rocky Gorge.

The school board will decide the name at its Oct. 10 meeting.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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