“We are changing the name to move in a different direction due to the negative reports about Prince Andrew,” school principal Craig Campbell told CNN in an email. “We hope to build our identity as a positive, supportive school community with a name to match.”
Local residents will have a chance to submit name suggestions to a six-person renaming committee that includes students, staff and community members. The top three names will then be recommended to the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, which will have final approval.
The allegations against the prince have tarnished his public standing and prompted other members of the royal family to distance themselves from the Duke of York.
The Canadian school joins a lengthy list of institutions that have decided to remove ties to controversial namesakes in recent years.