When Michael Snowdon saw a real estate ad for the Fairwind housing tract, which is under development in southeast Huntington Beach, Calif., the street name “Snowdon Lane” struck him as interesting because of the unusual spelling. After a few phone calls, it was a teenager who uncovered the truth, reports Orange County Register staffer Greg Mellen.
Without any prompting, Michael’s 13-year-old daughter Maddy placed a call to Tom Grable, who was the project manager and has since been promoted to division president of TRI Pointe Homes. Grable said he had reached out to the Lamb Elementary alumni Facebook page and asked for alumni to submit names of popular teachers and officials to be considered for the five streets in the tract, set on 11.5 acres once occupied by the school, which was razed in 2014.
As it turns out, Molly’s grandmother Cheryl Snowdon, who died in 2003, was principal of Lamb Elementary and her former students pitched her name to Grable.
On Monday, at an event attended by several family members and alumni of Lamb Elementary, which closed in 1978, Maddy was surprised by Mayor Jim Katapodis and given a replica of the street sign that sits in the Fairwind housing tract in southeast Huntington Beach.