Local resident proposes name change for Schenck High School

7:04 PM, Jan 28, 2014   |    comments
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EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A letter sent to the East Millinocket School Committee is raising the eyebrows of some community members there.

86-year-old Paul Baker sent a letter to committee members on January 3rd, proposing that the name of Schenck High School be changed. The idea behind it being to honor Powerball Winner and past resident, Gloria Mackenzie, who donated $1.8 million to the school last year.

"The family should have a living memorial of what they're doing," said Baker. Another reason for the name change, according to Baker, is to avoid it's slang reference. Due to changes in more modern slang, the honorable name of Schenck is pronounced like and used as an obscenity," said Baker.

Superintendent of East Millinocket schools, Quenten Clark, says that though Baker's letter had good intentions, the Mackenzie family has expressed that they do not want the school named after them.

"They're very wonderful humble people and they're just not interested," said Clark.

According to the Superintendent, there is a possibility that the first name of Garrett Schenck will be put back into the school's name to re-establish who the school is named after.


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