Poll: What Should the New Bloomfield Hills High School Mascot Be?

Officials have extended the voting period for students who will eventually populate the consolidated high school.

Students in Grades 7-10 in the Bloomfield Hills Schools will have another week to decide the mascot for the new Bloomfield Hills High School, set to open in fall 2013.

Upon getting feedback from student leaders at Andover and Lahser high schools, district administrators decided more clarification was needed about the three finalists selected by the students: the Blackhawks, the Chargers and the Royals.

For roughly the past month, students have used the district's Internet-based internal communication system to narrow the top selections. Voting will be open to all students in those grades from Tuesday-Feb. 13.

"We only get to do this once, so we want to get it right," Andover Principal Rob Durecka wrote in a weekly update to parents Friday. "The students, teachers, and administration involved have decided to provide clarification of what each mascot represents as well as an opportunity to vote again."

To clarify, officials added the following descriptions to the voting system.

  • Blackhawks — Bird of prey
  • Chargers — Medieval war horse
  • Royals — Related to royalty, i.e., kings, queens, etc.

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Ed Bretzlaff said he has the results of the similar contest for the new color scheme, but he won't tell until all voting is over. In the running were combinations of: black and blue; blue and gold; and silver, purple and black.

"I know the results but don’t want to taint the voting process in relation to the mascot," he told board members at last Thursday's meeting.

Once final decisions are made, students will be invited to present graphic designs for the new school logo, Bretzlaff added.

The district and is later this year that could fund construction on the current Andover High School site.

Follow these links for more information about the town halls and consolidation process:

Mary February 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The previous writer seems to be confused. There will be one Bloomfield Hills High School in the fall of 2013 no matter how the bond vote turns out. So of course we will need a mascot for our new high school. I like how the students are making the selections. I guess if any adults in the community have a problem with how the process is being conducted they should contact the student councils at Andover and Lahser.
J Arch February 06, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Linda P, the decision to consolidate the high schools was made before the last bond election and Andover and Lasher will become one as early as Fall 2013. The only question before the voters is whether they will agree to fund the physical improvements to put the consolidated school on one campus at Andover. If not, the single high school will be split into two pieces, one at Andover and the other at Lahser, but they will be operating as a single school to acheive the operational efficiencies necessary to combat shrinking instructional funding and preserve programming. Planning for this eventuality has been under way for 1-1/2 years. Choosing colors and mascot is simply another step along the path. J. Wagner
ron February 07, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Ann February 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
If I may speak for a member of the Bloomfield Hills High School class of 2017, the students are enjoying the opportunity to choose their mascot and colors. They feel a sense of ownership and self-determination as the process unfolds.
Marcia Robovitsky February 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I'm happy to hear the students are enjoying the process of choosing team colors and a mascot. I hope they are thrilled with the final outcome.


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