BALM — In an alternate universe, “Big Cheese” and “Big Chungus” would receive consideration as names for South County’s newest high school.
But in this universe, the front runners are beloved former educators and the fast-growing section of unincorporated Hillsborough County known as SouthShore.
Residents suggested Dorothy York and Carolyn Hill, both deceased, in large numbers. York was an English teacher at Hillsborough and Blake high schools. Hill rose to the rank of principal at elementary schools including Just and Kenly.
There also is a strong push for Phil Zimmerman, who influenced thousands of young people in Town 'N Country as a physical education teacher at what is now Webb Middle School.
Retired educator Doretha Edgecomb and her husband, the late Judge George Edgecomb, were suggested. So were Superintendent Jeff Eakins and his predecessor, MaryEllen Elia.
The School Board plans to choose a name Tuesday for the school that will open in August on Balm Road east of U.S, 301.
School name selections sometimes invite controversy, and that could be the case for this school, now dubbed “High School TTT.” There were 38 respondents who wanted to see an “Obama High School.” A lesser number — five — wanted to name the place for Donald Trump.
But by far the largest number who responded to the online poll opted for the safest route, which is geography.
Close to 500 suggested “South Shore” High, although some spelled it SouthShore or South shore.
A SouthShore school already exists in Hillsborough County, but it is a K-8 charter school managed by the for-profit Charter Schools USA.