HCPS names newest elementary school after local community leader
It’s official. Hillsborough County’s newest elementary school, (known as Elementary C) is now officially Warren Hope Dawson Elementary School. The board voted on the name at the Tuesday, January 17 school board meeting.
Dawson is a longtime resident of Hillsborough County, a well-known attorney, and community activist. Several community members came to speak on behalf of Dawson and commended him for the great work he has done in the community.
After graduating from Florida A&M University, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a commissioned officer. Later, he attended Howard University School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree.
After the vote, Dawson, a former city prosecutor, said he was grateful for the honor.
“I am very happy and humbled for being recognized for years of hard work,” he said. “I look forward to getting to know the faculty, staff, and students at the school.”
More than 280 names were submitted including, U.S. presidents, former school board members, and community activists. Warren Hope Dawson Elementary School, will be a part of Area 8 where Shaylia McRae serves as area superintendent.
McRae said the community was really enthusiastic about the opportunity to submit nominations. “The parents, students, and community partners in Area 8 have supported this entire process with an abundance of submissions,” she said.
Derrick McLaughlin, principal of the new school, said construction is going well and he is ready to get started. “The construction process is fully underway and we are excited to welcome our students in August, he said. McLaughlin was appointed principal of the school last month.
Warren Hope Dawson Elementary School will be located in the Triple Creek Subdivision in Riverview. It is slated to open in the 2017-18 school year with about 950 students and close to 50 classrooms.
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