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Belleville high school could be named after Gord Downie

Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 12:01 pm EDT

Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

BELLEVILLE, Ont. — A new consolidated high school in eastern Ontario could be named after the late lead singer of The Tragically Hip.

Quinte Secondary School in Belleville, Ont., will close next June, and 390 of its students will transfer to Moira Secondary School.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board received input from the public this fall on a new name for the combined school at Moira and a committee chose five finalists from 314 proposals.

One of the suggestions is Gord Downie Secondary School, but the board says it still has to get permission from the singer’s family to use it.

The other names under consideration are Belleville East Secondary School, East Hill Secondary School, East Side High School and Myers Creek Secondary School.

A public vote on a name for the school is underway and ends on Dec. 12.