New Schools' Names

Board of Education Selects and Approves New Schools' Names
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The Park Hill Board of Education selected and approved the names of our new schools — Hopewell Elementary and Walden Middle School.

Two committees, made up of students, parents, staff and community members, sorted through 744 school name suggestions from students and the public that ranged from the silly to the serious, and they picked their recommendations to the Board.

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Hopewell is a name for the common aspects of the Native American cultures that flourished along rivers in the northeastern and Midwestern United States from 200 BC to 500 AD.

The Hopewell tradition was not a single culture or society, but a widely dispersed set of related populations connected by a network of trade routes, known as the Hopewell exchange system.

Local Connection
The Line Creek Archeological Museum at 5940 NW Waukomis Drive is located on a 2,200-year-old Hopewell Native American site and houses artifacts from six prehistoric Native American cultures.

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Background and Local Connection
Parkdale Walden is the name of the township where the middle school site is.

There are some subdivisions in the area that are also named after the township.

The name will remind many people of “Walden,” a book by transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, which is a contemplation of simplicity and nature.