A New Name for a New Building
On November 4, 2003, a committee of teachers, parents and students representing both Cone Primary School and Sans Souci Intermediate School met to select names for our new school building located at 302 Perry Road. Since September, teachers, students and parents have been putting names for our new school in a suggestion box located in the front offices, and fliers soliciting input for the new name were passed out to residences and businesses in the Perry Road area. Mr. Leroy Hamilton from the district office guided the committee through the process of eliminating names. After many rounds of balloting, the list of names was narrowed down to three: Cherrydale Elementary School, New Hope Elementary School and Perry Road Elementary. Although these three names were submitted to the Greenville County School Board of Trustees, Cherrydale Elementary was the overwhelming favorite of the community. On December 9, 2003, the Board chose Cherrydale Elementary as our new name for the 2004-2005 school year.
Because Cherrydale Point has promoted growth and a positive change in perception in its surrounding area, teacher, parents and students were in favor of naming our new school after the shopping center. Cherrydale was the name of the historic Stone family mansion which was located on the site before the mall was built. It is now located on the Furman University campus.
During January 2004, students and staff voted on a new school mascot and colors for Cherrydale Elementary. The choses were eagles, patriots, or panthers. The "panthers" was the over whelming winner. The school colors chosen were red, blue and silver. Mr. Stowe, our art teacher, designed our new logo.
To preserve the history of both schools, the new school's gym will be named after Sans Souci and the library media center will be named after Cone. Also there will be a special area in our new school displaying historic memorabilia from both schools. Our principal, Mrs. Black said "I think it's great to have a new name for the school and a new beginning, with a new focus, while maintaining the heritage of both Cone and Sans Souci schools in one building. This is what the community wanted, and their voices have been heard."