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City's sole high school will keep Anderson name

January 13, 2010

Anderson school officials have decided to keep the Anderson High School name after the city's two high schools are consolidated.

Muted applause and boos came from the crowd as the district's school board voted 6-1 Tuesday night for a plan using the current Anderson High School building for grades 10-12 starting next fall. The current Highland High School will house grades 7-9.

The board, however, didn't decide whether the unified school would keep the Anderson Indians nickname and red and green colors.

Superintendent Felix Chow said suggestions from the public included the name Anderson Highland Heights to honor both schools as well as Madison Heights High School, which closed in 1997.

The district also is closing four elementary schools because its enrollment has declined to about 9,200 students from 10,400 five years ago.

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