The new school in San Jacinto will be named after a longtime leader of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians.
The San Jacinto school board agreed Thursday, April 7, to name an elementary school after Rose Salgado, a news release said.
Rose Salgado Elementary School will be on the southeast corner of Ramona Freeway and North Vernon Avenue and is expected to open in the fall of 2025.
The public submitted potential names for the school in March and honoring Salgado was among the suggestions.
Salgado, who died May 14, 2021, at age 65, was suggested by John Norman, a former San Jacinto Unified School District administrator and community member.
Salgado was a member of the Tribal Council of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians for 28 years, a member of the San Jacinto School Board, a member of the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District Board, and chairman of the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater Board. She also worked for Southern California Edison for 27 years before retiring.
“She believed in the Valley and wanted every student to have a positive and strong academic and personal/social foundation,” Norman says. “She was loved by everyone who met her and had a smile you couldn’t forget.”
Norman cited his presence in the community and his 28 years with the Soboba Tribal Council as reasons for naming the school after him.
“I’ve been in the Valley for two years and can say that Rose’s legacy is felt in every school here and I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to name our new elementary school after her,” said Superintendent David Pyle in the release. .