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Old 05-04-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Lakewooder - this one is for you!

Why is Woodrow Wilson HS known as "Woodrow" instead of "Wilson"?
I know most of the suburban high schools are named for the city or area, but for the ones who have a person's name, they are usually called by the last name - ex: Newman Smith HS in Carrolton is called Smith, not Newman. Why/how did Woodrow get it's nickname?

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Old 05-04-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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From wikipedia: "The school has been colloquially called 'Woodrow' by students and community members from its beginning (1928), fostered by first principal G.L. "Pop" Ashburn, who led the school until 1956"

The first evidence we have found of this was in the 1930 Crusader Yearbook.

There was affection and a family feeling from day one...Mrs. Woodrow Wilson wrote letters to the students when the school opened and a piece of wedding cake from Mr. Wilson's daughter Jessie was put into the cornerstone when it was laid April 18, 1927.
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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because Woodrow sounds a lot cooler than Wilson
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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It also serves as a shibboleth - if someone says, "Wilson" you know he's not from "Woodrow"!
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