** Update ** Milford LIVE received a phone call from Superintendent Phyllis Kohel stating that the Milford School Board, after listening to the outcry of the Milford community, has decided to hold a special Board meeting on Tuesday, November 12 to allow the community to provide input. The Board of Education will rescind their vote at that time and decided the matter of the name of the Milford High School at a later date.
** Original Story **
During a Milford School District Board Meeting, held on Monday, October 28, the Milford School Board voted on a motion amend the name of the Milford Senior High School, adding the title to Milford Senior High School Justice Randy J. Holland Campus. The motion was made by Board Member Patrick Emory, seconded by member Hunter Emory and passed unanimously by the School Board of Education.
The request to modify the name was brought in front of the Board on Monday night by longtime friends of Randy Holland, State Representative Harvey Kenton and Thomas Draper, President of Draper Holding, a company that owns WBOC 16 and Fox 21. The pair discussed the success of Justice Holland and what the name would mean added to the Milford Senior High School campus.
“Randy Holland is probably the most recognized, well known judge in the state of Delaware and around the country,” stated Representative Kenton. “I think the name of the Milford High School campus will send a message to young people at Milford High School that they are receiving an education from a great institution and that they have the chance to work their way up to whatever they desire to do.” At the school board meeting Kenton spoke about how Randy, from a blue-collared family, used his education to work his way up to a prominent individual in the state of Delaware, around the country and internationally.
Randy J. Holland is the youngest person to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court, as he was recommended to the Governor by a bipartisan merit selection committee. Prior to his appointment and confirmation in 1986, Justice Holland was a partner at the private practice firm Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell. In March 2011, he was reappointed by Governor Markell and unanimously confirmed by the Senate for an unprecedented third twelve-year term.
Upon graduating form Milford High School, Justice Holland graduated from Swarthmore College. He also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, where he received the Loughlin Award for legal ethics. Justice Holland received a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School.
Holding several leadership positions over his career including past national President of the American Inns of Court Foundation, Chairman of the national Advisory Committee to the American Judicature Society’s Center for Judicial Ethics and Chairman of the American Bar Association National Joint Committee on Lawyer, Justice Holland is is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the American Judicature Society’s Board of Directors.
Justice Holland has received numerous awards including the 1992 Judge of the Year Award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association and the 2011 Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence. Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts appointed Justice Holland as the state judge member of the Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.His current term as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware ends March 27, 2023.
Phyllis Kohel, Superintendent of Milford School District, states that MHS will remain Milford Senior High School and the name Justice Randy J. Holland Campus will be added to the name of the school.
“The Board of Education felt it would be a compliment to add Justice Holland’s name as a part of the campus to highlight that this prominent individual started his educational career in at Milford.” According to Kohel the name of Milford High School will not be removed, no letterhead will be changed and the only perceivable change she sees is an addition of the new name added to the outside of the building under the current name of Milford Senior High School.
According to Harvey Kenton, he and Thomas Draper are currently in the process of putting together a cost analysis of the project and finding private funds to support any cost associated with placing Justice Holland’s name on the Milford High School building. Holland himself was not aware of this dedication until after the Board Meeting as Thomas Draper phoned Randy to tell him about the news.