Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights

Suggest a New Name for Henry Sibley High School

Thanks to West St. Paul Chiropractic for their support.

The ISD 197 school district is now accepting community suggestions to rename Henry Sibley High School. The names can be submitted online and will be considered by the Naming Committee.

In December, the school district voted unanimously to rename the high school, deciding that the complicated history of Minnesota’s first governor, Henry Sibley, didn’t meet their building name standard of demonstrating good character.

Suggestion Guidelines

As much fun as people have suggesting names online, the proposed names for the high school have to meet specific criteria:

  • The name is being changed—sticking with Henry Sibley High School is not an option.
  • The high school will not be named after a person.
  • The Warrior mascot and logo will not be changed, so the name needs to fit with the Warrior name.
  • Names must avoid cultural appropriation.
  • Submitted names must meet school board policy and the tenets of the district’s strategic framework.

The deadline for submitting names is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12.

Renaming Process

The renaming process has been spelled out and will include multiple opportunities for public input. The timeline is flexible, but the goal is to have a new name approved by the school board in time for the new school year in the fall.

The district accepted applications for the Naming Committee through April 9. A total of 110 applications were received and 35 were selected for the committee. The Naming Committee’s first meeting is April 22.

No deadline has been given for submitting suggested names.

We rely on your support to keep the community informed.

3 comments

  1. Personally I think it’s a shame that they are keeping the Warriors mascot because it will disqualify my “Social Justice High School” recommendation.

    But seriously, I wonder what the committee will decide on? The generic “Mendota Heights High School” is all I can think of. They can’t reference the county because the “ Dakota Warriors” probably wouldn’t fly.

    1. “Victory” would be far too confrontational. We all know it should be “Cancel Culture High”

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