By Karen Billing
The Solana Beach School District’s seventh school, located in Carmel Valley’s Pacific Highlands Ranch, now has a new name and identity: Solana Ranch Elementary. The school district board made the decision on the name at its Oct. 11 meeting after a community naming contest brought in 202 possible names, 105 of which were unique. (The board selected from a list of proposed names vetted through the School #7 Design Committee.)
The decision to go with Solana Ranch was met with excitement by two young Solana Highlands students in attendance who submitted the name: sisters Savahanna and Brieanna Walsh.
The final names included Pacific Highlands Ranch, Solana Canyon/Solana Canyon Ranch, Gonzales Canyon Elementary School and Solana Ridge.
The board liked the names that had Solana in it, as it helps people identify the school as a Solana Beach district school.
Solana Canyon Ranch sounded very spa-like to the board, which appealed to board member Debra Schade but not to member Richard Leib.
The board also liked how it matches the other district Solanas, which tend to go by just their second name: Highlands, Pacific, Santa Fe and Vista. Canyon Creek and Skyline remain the two-non Solanas and principals Terri Davis and Lisa Denham said they like being “originals.”
The groundbreaking ceremony for Solana Ranch Elementary will be held Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. at 13605 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, San Diego, 92130.