Wake high school could be called Rolesville High

Posted February 23, 2010

Wake County Public School System

— The "where" of what will be Wake County's largest high school is up in the air, but its name is settled.

The Wake County Board of Education's Facilities and Operations Committee voted 3-0 Tuesday morning to name the school Rolesville High School.

The school was tentatively named Forest Ridge High School until the school board voted last week to halt the project and move the location.

The current Wake Forest-Rolesville High School would be renamed as Wake Forest High, the committee suggested, though it also recommended the board hold a public hearing on that change.

"The boosters are all for it. I can tell you that," committee Chair Chris Malone said of dropping "Rolesville" from the current school's name after the new school opens.

That, however, is not expected before 2014.

The board was told there would be expenses for changing signs at Wake Forest-Rolesville as well as new sports and band uniforms.

The committee also suggested making the same change for Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School.

Officially known on plans as H-6, the school will be on one of two other sites – one at U.S. 401 and Louisbury Road and another at Rolesville and Quarry roads northeast of Raleigh.

Last week, the school board voted 5-4 to abandon the Forest Ridge site, at Forestville Road and U.S. Highway 401 and to pursue land deals on the other two sites.

The move could cost the school system an additional $15.4 million and delay the opening of the new school by as much as two years, to 2014.

Asked at the meeting what he thought of the name-change, Andre Smith, the school system's area superintendent for Wake Forest-Rolesville, laughed heartily and told the committee, "That's a community decision!"

While naming one future high school, the committee also got a briefing from district staff on a joint-use plan with Cary for the future H-7 high school in West Cary at Green Level Church and Roberts roads.

The town will have an adjacent park and have evening and weekend use of tennis courts and outdoor basketball courts and the school's parking lots, Betty Parker, from the school system's facilities staff told the committee.

Staff also briefed the panel on major renovations at Wilburn Elementary School on Marsh Creek Road in Raleigh.

Students from the year-round school will move to modular units at Spring Forest Elementary in early April so a new two-story building can be built. They are scheduled to come back in January 2012.


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  • 37 Feb 23, 2010

    I graduated from WF-R. I would be delighted if the name changed to Wake Forest High. Why would it include the name of a city that has no students there?

    If getting new uniforms is the only issue, we will gladly cover that to give the school its original name.

  • jonmac Feb 23, 2010

    Band and athletic boosters can start raising money now for new uniforms. By the time the school opens it will probably be time to replace them anyway. This is much ado about nothing really. Everything that will need to be changed will already need to be replaced over time.

  • ratherbnnc Feb 23, 2010

    I think Malone should pay it since he wanted the job so bad!!!

  • town guy Feb 23, 2010

    I think it should be called "Frank Eagles High School"

  • oyid Feb 23, 2010

    What is wrong with naming Wake Forest High and Rolesville High? There is a Cary High, Apex High. Nothing but a bunch of silliness in this county. Dang this place is backwards!!!

  • Nunya123 Feb 23, 2010

    theartistformerlyknownasspeedy - for anything other than athletic, probably quite a few. Not really the point. The point is it is additional expenses that aren't needed and serve absolutely no purpose.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Feb 23, 2010

    Just how many YEARS do you people think they use ALL THESE uniforms anyway?

  • Cougar82 Feb 23, 2010

    RED BIRD ---- Well aware of the history of WF-R as I am a lifetime resident of WF and grew up next near Wake Forest Elementary!!! Bottom line--- this is an expense that is NOT NECESSARY! Keep the current name and the legacy. Start a new school with a new name and legacy!

  • fiestysp Feb 23, 2010

    Who cares, WF-R is a terrible school.

  • just brian Feb 23, 2010

    More money. More hope. And once again, all that's left in my pocket is change.