Monday, November 8, 2010

Washington Irving

     Such a place exists as Irving Middle School in Oklahoma.  There is somewhat of a theme that is going on here in Norman.  All of the elementary schools, with the exception of one, are named after U.S. Presidents.  The four middle schools are named after famous writers.  The high schools...not so lucky in the creative department.  The namesake of one middle school is Washington Irving (1783-1859).
     Irving was born the same year that the Revolutionary War ended (1783).  Due to George Washington's popularity, Irving's parents decided to name their son after the great President.  Washington Irving is included in the group known as the founders of American literary tradition.  He is most well-known for two of his short stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle".  Irving also wrote a biography about the great George Washington.

Source of information: The Intellectual Devotional: American History by Kidder and Oppenheim, pg. 27
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  1. Growing up, one of the elementary schools in our district was Washington Irving Elementary School. I always thought it was great that we had schools named after famous people: Florence Brasser, Walt Disney, Washington Irving, Neil Armstrong. Of course I went to the school named after a road. Paul Road School... some creativity there eh?

  2. "It's like Bob's Road..." - Twister