Craig Campbell, the school principal, told CNN via email that “we are changing the name in order to move in another direction due to negative reports about Prince Andrew.” “We are determined to create our identity as positive, supportive school communities with a name to match.”
Local residents will have the opportunity to suggest name ideas to a six member renaming committee which includes staff, students and members of the community. The Halifax Regional Centre for Education will then choose the top three names and give its approval.
These allegations have damaged the public image of the prince and caused other members of the royal household to distance themselves from him.
The Canadian school joins an extensive list of institutions who have decided to end ties with controversial namesakes in recent decades.