The name of your junior high is okay, they said. But your high schools' names are boring.
Really, they said. Central High and North High? Come on. How lame.
But I named it North High because Salt Lake City has East High and West High and once had a South High, but there never was a North High, I said. That way I'm sure it's not a real school.
It's still boring, they said. Name a high school after some famous Utahn.
Fine. So, the most famous Utahn of all time is Brigham Young. But nobody in their right mind would name a public high school after such a religious (and rather controversial) figure.
Then there's Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television. But there are already elementary schools named after him.
Really, I wanted an original name, a name that hasn't really ever been used.
And finally I hit upon the perfect one! Thus, the school where Pepper's father teaches in Becoming Brigid is Robert L. Parker High School, named in honor of Robert Leroy Parker, who is arguably the most famous Utahn ever -- after Brigham Young.
What do you mean you've never heard of him? I bet you have.
And I can guarantee there are no real schools named after him in the state.
There. I hope they're happy now.