Update: There's more floating around listservs and inboxes on this story:
- The Pinehurst Candle Shop site at Cornwallis and 15-501 is by some accounts the favorite site DPS is looking at for the new high school.
- Is a Battle of the Birkenstocks ready to commence in the Duke Forest area? It looks like Colony Park isn't the only 'hood looking to organize against the plan, with other groups in the Erwin Rd. area fretting that a push by the neighborhood to keep the school from the candle shop site could instead bring it closer to other sites, including Erwin/Cornwallis.
- City Councilwoman Diane Catotti has apparently been engaged by parties on all sides of the skirmish -- and has herself reportedly suggested the Lakewood Shopping Center site, too, out of a reputed concern over wanting to see facilities like schools placed in existing urbanized areas.
Update II: DPS' Hugh Osteen, asst. superintendent of operational services, has the following update:
"DPS continues to search for a new high school site in western Durham to relieve overcrowding at Riverside and Jordan High Schools. Many sites have been considered, and several of them offer better solutions than others. At this time, however, no conclusion has been reached, nor are any contracts in place. Based on the need for this new high school, finding a property solution is a high priority."
We all know Riverside High takes its name from the Eno River, while the unimaginatively-named Northern and Southern reflect, well, their geographic locales within the old county system.
And while the sign might make you think Jordan High is named for one Mr. Charles E. Jordan, we conspiracy types at BCR don't buy it -- we totally think Wib Gulley lost a bet to the Chapel Hill mayor back in the early 80s and had to rename the school after His Airness in Carolina Blue.
But if the rumor mill is right, the newest high school under consideration for Durham County might need to name itself "Forest High" -- maybe a nice suburban name like "Olde Piney Woods High School," even?
A BCR reader reports that the site of a future high school is the buzz of some west Durham neighborhoods, with perhaps as many as twenty locations in the area between Jordan and Riverside under consideration for Durham's next high school, and with a number of potential sites in and around Duke Forest specifically being scrutinized.