High school name upsets Grand Terrace...

High school name upsets Grand Terrace residents

There are 99 comments on the Redlands Daily Facts story from Mar 13, 2009, titled High school name upsets Grand Terrace residents. In it, Redlands Daily Facts reports that:

Grand Terrace: High School No. 3 finally has a name. The Colton school board voted 5-1 on Thursday to name Grand Terrace's new high school after longtime Colton resident Ray Abril, Jr.

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Nate Gross

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Mar 14, 2009
Something else of prominence should be named after Ray Abril. He has been a wonderful role model and deserves it.

Grand Terrace has been waiting for a high school for a very long time. High schools are a major source of small town identity. Like most other towns, Grand terrace deserves and must have its high school bear its name.
Joyce Wildenauer

United States

#2 Mar 14, 2009
"We need more role models for Latinos who are the majority of this district" is a statement that smacks of bigotry. If someone had replaced "Latinos" with "white" what would the reaction have been? The statement also implies that only people who have schools named for them are eligible to be role models. Was not Mr. Abril's work important enough for him to be considered as a role model to Latino youths? I have read that one of his accomplishments was a sense of unity in the district. Does the board feel that discriminating against the Black, Asian and
White students in the district will further this sense of unity? Or will it ultimately cause dissension on campus? Is this the legacy that the Abril family would want? I consider the board's actions to not only be a slap in the face to the citizens of Grand Terrace but also to Mr. Abril himself. I don't approve of bigotry. Naming the school for the city which is populated by people from all ethnic groups would be more seemly than setting aside one group as special.
Abril NO ROLE MODEL

Pasadena, CA

#3 Mar 14, 2009
Abril is nothing but a typical Colton Political politician. 17 votes for him Ha Ha Ha Ha, probably all cast by Gil Navarro!
Truth

Sunland, CA

#4 Mar 14, 2009
Bigotry is correct. Typical pro-hispanic propaganda. I am so sick of ethnic groups being racist, then pointing fingers at white people. Can you imagine a if there was a white history month? Its funny. Many whites voted for Obama so they could say "look at me, i'm not a racist." The funny thing is that a year from now nothing will be changed. Blacks will still accuse these same white people of supressing the Black man.
Not For Long

UK

#5 Mar 15, 2009
"The cities of San Bernardino, Redlands, Fontana and Colton have high schools named after them, she noted. "
With this board on a roll,all those schools are sure to be renamed after Hispanics as well.
VIVA LA RAZA!
Come on.Do you really think the members of the board had a choice? Navarro probably threatened protests if they did not vote for the school to be named after Abril
rocknstv

United States

#6 Mar 15, 2009
Outrageous! Why was Gil Navarro there? He needs to keep his Hispanic political agenda to himself and his own district. 17 votes Gil! Think about it!
A slap in the face to Grand Terrace! What a mockery of the democratic process!
What was the vote for?!
These people have no business in public service. They have their own political agendas.
Shame on all of you! Thumbing your noses at the people who voted!
Shame

UK

#7 Mar 15, 2009
Shame on those who voted these clowns into office
so they could pursue their political agendas.
Only thing left to do now is vote 'em out
teacher

Van Nuys, CA

#8 Mar 17, 2009
Mr. Abril should graciously decline the honor. That would show true class!
Grand Terrace Resident

Pasadena, CA

#9 Mar 17, 2009
The residents of Grand Terrace should be deciding on the name of any new school that is going into our city, not the the Colton Joint Unified School Board! This in a good indication that the Colton Joint Unified School District is too large and apparently not interested in the communites in which they have schools.
Perhaps it is time that the communites of Grand Terrace, Reche Canyon and Highgrove consider forming at least a charter school district! With the number of educators being layed off, such a venture would be easily staffed. Crossing county lines? No problem. Look at the success of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District!
After the years of empty promises to build a new high school...now to be fulfilled in this manner. The formation of a new district would allow us to have a say in our community. It would prevent people from outside of the communtiy imposing their will upon us!
GT Resident Deberry St

United States

#10 Mar 17, 2009
I'm just getting updated on this issue. So did Kent vote for Abril? I hope not, Kent's a good man and if voted for that... I can't beleave it.

All Abril is is a politician and does not deserve his name on the school.
rocknstv

Irvine, CA

#11 Mar 18, 2009
GT Resident Deberry St wrote:
I'm just getting updated on this issue. So did Kent vote for Abril? I hope not, Kent's a good man and if voted for that... I can't beleave it.
All Abril is is a politician and does not deserve his name on the school.
Pat Haro was the only "no" vote.
SHADDAP

Crestline, CA

#12 Mar 18, 2009
Why can't they just call it Grand Terrace High School?
Tami Okel Isgett

La Verne, CA

#13 Mar 18, 2009
I grew up in Grand Terrace and remember back in the 70s when GT fought Colton so we could become a city. Colton did not like that. I believe that contributed to the years of empty promises to give our kids their own high school and their own identity. It looks like Colton is still smarting from that fight. I say get over it and do what is right by the families that the new high school will serve. Would it really kill the Colton School Board members to give in on this one? I say grow up and get over your petty differences. We are a city, and we deserve to have pride in where we live just like the Colton residents do. What are the school board members afraid of? Maybe the GT High School will beat some of those Colton teams. No ... that can't be it can it?
Recall

Houston, TX

#14 Mar 18, 2009
why isn't GT organizing a recall of these clowns?
The owner of Nicklemoldeon proved all you need is
enough signatures.In GT case the board thumb their noses at the will of the people for their own agenda.Truly a breach of public trust
Dadof3

United States

#15 Mar 19, 2009
I was there at the school board PLAY. I say this becouse I watched for 15 min. Every person was pro-Grand Terrace high. The president had to ask if anyone had other things to say( looking for some justification for the decision that was already made). The board even went as far to read a letter from some Dr. in support of their pre chosen name. Grand terrace had already spoken,we had already written letters, we had already voiced our decision. Less than 1 minute later they we voting on their new school name. No consideration or debate, just a public slap in the face of Grand Terrace. GT where will your vote be when it comes time for the school board, when it comes to Kent Taylor?
4th generation coltonite

San Bernardino, CA

#16 Mar 19, 2009
Grand Terrace Resident wrote:
The residents of Grand Terrace should be deciding on the name of any new school that is going into our city, not the the Colton Joint Unified School Board! This in a good indication that the Colton Joint Unified School District is too large and apparently not interested in the communites in which they have schools.
Perhaps it is time that the communites of Grand Terrace, Reche Canyon and Highgrove consider forming at least a charter school district! With the number of educators being layed off, such a venture would be easily staffed. Crossing county lines? No problem. Look at the success of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District!
After the years of empty promises to build a new high school...now to be fulfilled in this manner. The formation of a new district would allow us to have a say in our community. It would prevent people from outside of the communtiy imposing their will upon us!
Again, Ignorance in the part of GT residents!!!!! I have lived in Colton all my life and proud of it. I think as a taxpayer for Colton that Colton School District should let them form their own District and they the GT residents can pay for the high school themselves. I am sick and tired of people saying that if it wasn't for the grand terrace kids going to Colton High that their scores would not be high, excuse me.......What!!! all of a sudden all the smart kids live in GT, honey hills and Reche Canyon.......Think NOT!!!!!!!!! Grand Terrace is not all that!!!!! And that's for sure!!!!!What's so GRAND about it!!!!!!!! and for those of you that didn't grow up here, the zip code for grand terrace was 92324 for the longest so as far as I'm concerned it is South Colton........
Redlands Resident

Colton, CA

#17 Mar 19, 2009
Shame on Colton's school board.

To take away such an honor for Grand Terrace to have a high school named after them. They have waited for a long time to have this school built and pay and have been paying through their taxes for the bonds to build this high school. I agree that another building on campus would be a good idea for Ray Abril but give Grand Terrace their due and give them GRAND TERRACE HIGH SCHOOL....
GT Active Parent

Colton, CA

#18 Mar 19, 2009
I have been a proud resident of GT for over 30 years. My 3 children went to CJUSD schools. We have worked VERY hard to have a high school and always thought it would be Grand Terrace High School. To be ignored by the Board, just reminds me of what happened when Year Round started (late 1980s) and the Board again ignored the wished of GT residents. If the Board doesn't remember the past, the past WILL happen again. Board members were recalled because they didn't want to hear from the voters.
GrandTerraceMom

United States

#19 Mar 19, 2009
4th generation coltonite: Please stop spreading hate and criticism against people of Grand Terrace. We are mothers, fathers, children, grandparents who are proud of our community. You cannot place judgement on the people you do not know. Please consider deleting your hateful comments, thank you.
GrandTerraceMom

United States

#20 Mar 19, 2009
4th generation coltonite: Please refrain from stereotyping all Grand Terrace residents. We are a diverse community, representing a family atmosphere. We are proud of our community, just as you are. Recall the turmoil that the original--native american-- occupants of Colton must have felt, before it was "officially" named Colton. Kindly refrain from spreading hateful comments about children. You are making blanket statements of people you do not seem to know, which are the dangerous beginnings of racism. Please consider deleting your post, thank you.

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