Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 20, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Change name back to Ashland

I want to address the name change being talked about for Paul G. Blazer High School back to Ashland High School. Some background: My mother and father, Jack and Kitty Lynch, produced a large family that has been a part of Ashland Independent Schools on a continuous basis since 1954 when my oldest brother started at Crabbe.

 Since then there has been a direct decedent of my parents attending Ashland schools up to this date. That includes 13 Blazer graduates (not including three daughters-in-law); three current great-grandchildren; with at least four yet to start. That is 58 continuous years of a Lynch decedent being educated through the Ashland schools.

My family’s connection includes two of my brothers playing on the state baseball champions of 1966-68, both of whom were named Mr. Baseball. There have been seven Lynches who have played in the Sweet 16 basketball tournament, one on the 1996 state runner-up team.

Five Lynches are listed in top 50 scoring leaders for basketball with one being at No. 11. We have a Lynch decedent playing softball for the Kittens. One Lynch was a teacher and coach at Coles for a few years. One Lynch did substitute teaching at Blazer. My point is my family’s three generations is more entwined to the school history than Paul G. Blazer’s contribution.

Yes, Mr. Blazer was generous with his wealth in some areas of building and initial growth, but for the past 50 years the bulk of the financial support to Ashland schools has been made by residents.

 I do not take Mr. Blazer’s generosity lightly, but I do acknowledge the perspective of fact and reality.

 I am in favor of changing the name back to Ashland High School because the name Ashland represents supporters of the past, present and future.

David Lynch, Ashland

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