A Lexington woman has started an initiative to name Fayette County’s new high school after John Price, the district’s school board chairman for several years until he died in February of leukemia.
Jane Peyton said she has started a Facebook page called John D. Price High School.
As board chairman, Price worked to bring to fruition Lexington’s sixth public high school, which is set to open in 2017 on Winchester Road.
Price, a certified public accountant who died at age 62, “served all the kids in Fayette County,” Peyton said. “He was humble, honest and patient to hear what everybody had to say.”
At least three other groups have made proposals to name the school.
Recommendations include the late basketball coach S.T. Roach, credited with integrating the high school game in Kentucky; the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, for whom a segregated high school in Fayette County had been named; and Brenda Cowan, Lexington’s first black female firefighter, who was slain in the line of duty.
Once the principal is named for the new school, a committee will help decide the name after reviewing suggestions from the public.
Price was appointed to the school board as the District 3 representative in May 2003 to complete an unexpired term. He was then elected in November 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2012.