Politics & Government

It's Janet Reno vs. Alonzo Mourning for Miami school's name

MIAMI — In an unlikely matchup, basketball star Alonzo Mourning and his wife, Tracy, are leading former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as the final buzzer nears.

The Mournings and Reno are vying for the same title — or at least their supporters are: the future name of North Miami's newest high school.

The basketball power couple got a nod from a committee charged with naming public schools. North Miami city leaders are calling foul.

"The entire City Council was behind the name Janet Reno," said Kevin Burns, who was the committee member who suggested Janet Reno High School. "I am not questioning that the Mournings deserve the honor, but I think, for this school it should either be named after Janet or the geographical area."

Whenever there is a new school in the county, a five-member committee is formed to come up with a name that ultimately must be approved by the School Board.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster said there is a standing list of possibilities, but individual communities often proffer names as well.

"Naming a school is a big honor and a lasting tribute," he said, adding that anybody could have input.

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