STEELE CREEK NEWS
Officially Adopted as Name of New Elementary School
(April 14, 2006)
At its meeting on April 11, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board
adopted "Winget Park Elementary School" as the official name of the
new school under construction on Winget Road.
Winget Park Principal
Mary Sturge and representatives of the committee of parents,
students, staff, and neighbors who reviewed potential names offered
the top three suggestions:
Winget Park - The
school is adjacent to Winget Park, which would make it easy for
people to locate it. Also, the Winget Family has been prominent in the
Steele Creek community since the middle 1800's.
River Gate - To
longtime residents, Lake Wylie is the "River."
Pleasant Hill - The
name of an early school that served the community until the 1920's.
Winget Park was their
recommendation. They said Winget Park was the preference of 60% of
the students who will attend it this fall. River Gate had 30% of the
vote and Pleasant Hill had 10%. Six future students of the school
attended the meeting and expressed their support for "Winget Park
Elementary School is scheduled to open this fall. The attendance
boundaries for Winget Park, Lake Wylie, and Steele Creek Elementary
Schools are shown in the MAP below. The
Winget Park attendance zone takes in the western part of the current
Lake Wylie attendance zone. Winget Park will relieve the severe
overcrowding that Lake Wylie has experienced over the last few
The adjacent park was dedicated on October
15, 2000. It was named after Thomas
McAllister Winget who died along with three other Olympic High
School students in an automobile accident on May 17, 1969.
School Board Chairman
Coach Joe White said that this was one of the most emotional days of
his life. He was the Olympic football coach at the time. "Mac"
Winget was captain of the Olympic football team and president of the
senior class. He lived across Winget Road from the park.
The other students in
the accident were Carolyn Watson, Mary Barden, and Mack Brown.
A plaque at the main
picnic shelter at the park reads:
This park is
dedicated to the lives, leadership, and achievements of four young
people who left us much too soon. Their lives exemplify that it is
never too early to exhibit leadership and to establish trust with
peers and adults. Often, as now, shortened lives extend their