as you can see, the school was christened on october 1, 1977 near the end of the dodgers' pennant winning season. garvey was the face of the team and a fan favorite, and had just had a monster month to end the regular season. i remember hearing about this on the local news and wondering what the mascot was - dodgers? i still don't know.
a few years later, the school was renamed after our 40th president, ronald reagan. while there is also a baseball connection to be had there, i don't think that was the reason for the name change. more likely, it had something to do with garvey moving to san diego.
for card blog reasons, here's a steve garvey card i bought a few months ago
there have been a couple of schools renamed out this way in recent years - any interesting school names out there? i hope this school year goes well for everyone - students, teachers, and parents!