In all his years at Baylor, Floyd Celapino has seen a lot of changes. Some buildings have fallen, and, conversely, others have been built, including the addition of the sixth grade to the middle school in August 2001.
At the time, seventh and eighth classes were held in what was known as “The Lower School Building.” However, when the sixth grade was added and a new middle school program was created, the mid-sized building down by the river could no longer sufficiently hold the projected number of students. At this point the Lower School classes moved into the first three floors of Barks Hall. The building by the river known as “the Lower School building” was in need of a new name.
Celapino, a Latin teacher and Baylor faculty member for over 40 years, also carries the responsibility of designing student schedules to match like one big 1,040-piece puzzle. In the process of designing one’s schedule, Celapino says, “It all starts with the building.” In order to design a schedule, “You connect a room to a building. You connect a teacher to a room. You connect the teacher to a period. You connect the period to a class. You connect students to that class.” After the movement of the Lower School to Barks Hall, the presence of the old Lower School building could be a bit confusing.
As a Latin teacher, Celapino takes great interest in the meaning of the words one speaks. Celapino says, “It offended my sensibilities to continue to call the building the Lower School Building, since the lower school was no longer meeting in that building.” After emailing the ‘powers that be’ multiple times to explain that the name of the building was “illogical,” to no avail, Celapino decided to place a filler name on students’ schedules until a new name could be decided upon by the administration. A pragmatic man, Mr. Celapino eliminated names such as Valhalla or Elysium, and ultimately settled upon “a logical name—a hall where academics took place—a nice, bland name that was yearning to be changed—Academic Hall.”
After finishing his scheduling duties, Celapino headed to England for July to enjoy has summer. Upon his arrival back on campus in August, Mr. Celapino noticed signs all around campus directing new and old students alike towards the newly renamed Academic Hall. At this point, “I was kind of disappointed I hadn’t used something like Ogygia.”
“Eighteen years later I am still waiting for someone to tell me what the name of the building really is. Any suggestions?”