Cherry Hill gets chance to vote on school name Residents will return to polls Nov. 4 to choose from six possibilities

October 17, 1998|By Joe Mathews | Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF

The day after the Nov. 3 election, residents of Cherry Hill will return to the polls for a more local ballot issue: the name of their new high school.

School 181 opened this fall with 68 ninth-graders from the geographically isolated neighborhood in South Baltimore. Next year, the school will become a citywide magnet school with 80 students in each grade. Plans are being developed, but school officials say that half of those students will take an environmental science-based curriculum designed for the college-bound; the other half will enroll in a career-training academy.

Anyone who can prove residency in Cherry Hill -- with a driver's license, lease or recent bill -- is eligible to vote. Neighborhood students -- from kindergartners to high schoolers -- also will be able to cast ballots.

Voters will choose from six names, which were selected by the school's advisory board from nominations offered by community groups, politicians and elementary school classes. The winning name will be sent to the school board for approval. Options are: Southside Academy.

Middle Branch Senior High School.

Cherry Hill Senior High School.

Cherry Hill Academy of Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Jerry C. Luck High School.

Cherry Hill Community High School and Career Development Academy.

The last suggested name is the selection of 6th District Councilman Melvin L. Stukes, a Cherry Hill resident. Peggy Jackson-Jobe, School 181's principal, says most of her students prefer Southside Academy.

Dr. Jerry C. Luck was a well-known family practitioner in the neighborhood from the 1940s to the 1960s. Working out of two Swale Road houses, he and his wife, Trude, who was a nurse, provided convenient, low-cost care.

Jackson-Jobe and Stukes have asked city elections officials for use of a few voting machines Nov. 4. Balloting is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Jackson-Jobe said she is seeking a sponsor for a new school courtyard and sign bearing the new name.

Pub Date: 10/17/98

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