What Is In A Name: Cherry Students And Staff Weigh In

By KBJR News 1

November 10, 2010 Updated Nov 10, 2010 at 7:56 PM CDT

Among the changes under discussion is a name change for the Cherry School.

The colors and mascot of the Cherry Tigers were proudly displayed at a send off for the volleyball team on their first ever trip to state.

"We're hoping to do well down there...first appearance down there so this is exciting," said Tracy Sauter, a parent of one of the Cherry volleyball players.

But this could be the last year for the Cherry Tigers...
In two weeks, the school board may decide to change the school's name as part of a district wide revamp.

"The choices that are on the ballot right now are to remain on as the Cherry Tigers or to move it to the Central Tigers, as St. Louis County Central," said Cherry principal Jeff Carey.

The idea of changing the name of the school has students and staff split down the middle. While some say a new name could help welcome new students, others say keeping the name the same is a matter of pride.

"I think we should change it so that kids from other schools they don't feel left out," said fourth grader Aliisa Mayry.

"I've always wanted to be a Cherry Tiger because I know lots of people that are older that have been Cherry Tigers when the school was just being built. I want my kids to someday go to Cherry School," said freshman Logan Anderson.

You know Central might be more inviting to people from Cotton and people from other areas that we hope to bring into our school. It's be Cherry for 80 some years so, it's tossed," said Social Studies teacher Zach Swart.

"From the meetings and the classes that I have talked to from the students here I think I can speak for all of us that we want to stay Cherry. I think we all like the Tigers and I mean, bundles and bundles of orange and black clothes; I think it's important to all of us," said junior Macey Etter.

The ISD 2142 School Board will meet within the next two weeks to decide on the name.

In the meantime they're continuing to gather more community input.