TAMPA – After hearing input from dozens of community members Tuesday night, the Hillsborough County School Board named not one but two future schools.
A new elementary school slated to open in Ruskin in fall 2014 will be named after J. Vince Thompson, Riverview High School’s first principal.
A second elementary school scheduled to open in the Magnolia Park area the following year will be named after veteran educator and former school board member Jack Lamb.
After hearing from dozens of residents during the public forum portion of its meeting, the board decided to name not only “Elementary School A,” but “Elementary School B” as well.
The new names comes after community members submitted more than 160 suggestions.
Thompson a long-time Hillsborough educator who died last year, “looked out for every single child,” according to school board member Candy Olson, who was the first to bring up the idea of naming two future schools instead of one.
Thompson was a teacher, coach and administrator in Hillsborough schools. In 1998, he helped open Riverview High and was honored three years later when the school’s soccer stadium was named after him. He retired as principal in 2001 but continued to work part-time until his death, helping with student services for the school district.
Lamb spent 15 years in Pinellas County schools and 26 years in Hillsborough. He served in the District 3 seat on the school board from 2000 to 2012, when he lost his position to Cindy Stuart.
Surrounded by family and friends at the board meeting, Lamb said he was “kind of elated” by the outpouring of support.
“I thank everybody who came out,” he said.