I wish they'd just name Hartford's schools after former presidents, or former superintendents, school board members, mayors, senators, governors, or other notables. The way they're naming most of them now is pretentious, impossible to remember, over-descriptive and frankly, much too clinical.
A family member goes to Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy which is impossible to remember. It used to be called Hartford Magnet Middle School which is easier to remember but pretty boring. How about naming it after Trinity's founder and first president, the Rt. Rev. Thomas Brownell and call it Thomas Brownell Middle School. Question: What school do you go to? Answer: Brownell.
Another family member graduated from Classical Magnet School. It's easy enough to remember, but it really should be named after the first principal and target of Superintendent Kishimoto's ill-conceived power play, Tim Sullivan. Timothy Sullivan Classical Magnet School has a nice ring to it.
I have family at the Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker. Whew! I can barely say it, let alone remember it. Just call it Hooker School. Wait, maybe not. How about changing the name to the author of "Silent Spring," Rachel Carson Elementary School? I have family at Florence E. Smith STEM School in West Hartford that easily goes by "Smith School." Thank you, West Hartford school district, for making my life just a little bit easier.