As a result of students from Riverdale High School merging with Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School (PCHS), students and teachers from Riverdale claim they would feel more welcome if PCHS changes its name. The request was officially made last Monday by Pearson chairman Noel Burke, and the request will be ratified at the next Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) meeting on April 29th. To the relief of many, the new name Pierrefonds Community High School will still allow it to be called “PCHS”. PCHS governing board chairman Juan Lamosa says the school is being slightly rebranded but never lost its legal entity.
While PCHS wanted to retain its name and school tradition, Riverdale wanted to see a new identity for a fresh start. One student from Riverdale says that a new school name would help bring students together. However, an online petition that was launched to keep the name of the school was signed by nearly 3,700 people as of Saturday. The petition says the name change represents a “second loss of a known school in the Anglo community” and can be found at https://www.change.org/p/no-to-closing-and-rebranding-pierrefonds-comprehensive-high-school. Despite some disagreement over the name change, the school is in fact changing its name while maintaining the PCHS call letters.