Perez-Hamilton, 75, said she also has known the sportswriter her whole life and often read Carlson's work when her children attended Harbor.
"He's so deserving," she said. "He lived in that press box for 40 years."
Carlson started working for the Pilot in 1964 as a freelancer before being hired full-time, according to the Pilot's archives.
He worked as a reporter for 25 years before being promoted to editor, a job he held for 15 years.
"A football coach named Dave Holland of Corona del Mar High once described me in a Daily Pilot article as a someone who didn't really have a job, because it was a passion," Carlson said in an e-mail Monday. "He was right."
The 76-year-old retired journalist said he would appreciate having the press box named after him, but it's not something that happens often, and he isn't anticipating it.
"I spent half a lifetime, it seems, in that press box, and loved every minute of it," he said.
The district is accepting community input on the dedication until June 15 when a committee, made up of parents and district employees, will discuss the matter, said Newport-Mesa Unified spokeswoman Laura Boss.
Residents will be able to voice their opinions at the beginning of the meeting.
The committee will then choose to meet again or make a recommendation to the school board, Boss said.
District criteria mandates that naming a facility after a person, whether alive or dead, must have contributed greatly to the betterment of the community and have been a positive role model.
Any feedback should go to the district's Thomas Antal at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 424-7516.
Residents can attend the committee meeting at 6 p.m. June 15 at the District Education Center, 2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa.