From the St. Petersburg Times -
Most Hillsborough County schools are named after people, but they’re usually educators – poor-pocketed regular folks – and not billionaire businessmen.
Not people like New York Yankees owner and philanthropist George Steinbrenner, whose name was chosen last week for the long-awaited high school in Lutz.
Don’t worry, it’s not Wisconsin or Indiana, where school naming rights are for sale; or Marion County, where they’re considering the practice.
No, school officials here said they simply wanted to honor Steinbrenner: “the Boss,” brassy with a heart of gold.
Steinbrenner, 77, made the following statement via his spokesman Howard J. Rubenstein: “I am thankful and gratified with this enormous honor, and I’ll continue to help the youth of our community as best I can, because they’re the future for us and for the nation.”
“With all he’s done for this area, if you’re going to name a school after anybody in Tampa, it should be him,” said Yankee captain Derek Jeter.
Maybe Derek just chimed in on this one because he wants to use it in his case to establish his Tampa residency?