SMITH: It's wrecked, but it's still 'Doyle Drive'

Just downhill from the San Francisco end of the Golden Gate Bridge this past weekend, spectators gazed in awe as demolition machines ate at the elevated section of Doyle Drive.

That southerly approach was named, of course, for Sonoma County's late Frank P. Doyle -- second president of Exchange Bank, creator of the unparalleled (though currently suspended) Doyle Scholarships at SRJC and a prime mover in the financing and creation of the bridge.

With much of the 1936 roadway now razed as part of the $1.1 billion Presidio Parkway project, it's reasonable to wonder if the name Doyle Drive will go away with the rubble.

The official answer is no.

Presidio Parkway "is the name of the project," Caltrans spokeswoman Molly Graham said Monday. But nobody has proposed calling either the temporary replacement approach or the new, permanent one scheduled for completion in 2015 anything other than Doyle Drive.

None of this means there won't be some who call the new road-to-the-bridge "the Presidio Parkway." We can practice shooting a look that will cause them to recoil and ask if they've misspoken.

To which we'll reply, "Well, frankly. . ."

HISTORIC WIN: Keep in mind as you read this that Santa Rosa High has never before entered the National History Day competition.

This year, seven students on two teams coached by teacher and History Club founder Dave Franzman entered. In the countywide competition, the three-member team placed first, and the four-member team placed second.

This past weekend, Franzman and his students joined more than 900 others at the statewide competition in Riverside. On Saturday, both SRHS teams finished in the final eight.

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