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.

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Marcia Robovitsky February 06, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Were the students given an illustration of what all three mascots would look like....in all three color choices? Numbered 1-9? Then be asked to vote? Sounds like it was two separate issues...and the adults like the color choice that "won" the contest, but not the mascot. Therefore, vote again on mascot? Kids, why would you want to vote AGAIN for the mascot without knowing the color choice decision that "won"? What if you choose Blackhawks and the color scheme that "won" the earlier contest is blue and gold? What will your team logo look like in the end? When "voting", it is always best to know the entire issue and what the end result will be.... information is key BEFORE going to the ballot to vote.
-Elizabeth- February 06, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Marcia, There were two votes one for the colors the other for the mascot. I gather there was confusion among the students as to what the mascots were. Chargers: Bolt of lightening; a car; medieval war horse; a plug for an I-pod ;-) Blackhawks: A bird of prey; a helicopter; Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk Tribe Royals: this one is easier...a crown, but there could be something else I suppose. Since there was confusion, I can see why they would opt to have a re-vote for that portion so the students all know what is envisioned. I don't see a problem separating the color choice from the mascot because that allows each student to select what they really want. What if you wanted to be a blue and gold Royal but the choice given was a black and blue Royal, that wouldn't be much of a choice. So, separating the two choices makes sense. The students are going to be given the opportunity to develop the graphic themselves, which I think is the right thing to do. Our schools have some very good and creative artists who deserve a chance to develop their ideas for the mascot that wins the contest. Last, the student leadership guided the process, so there has been a lot of student involvement from the beginning including the narrowing down of the choices to three for each category by all the students in grades 7th-10th. I don't think this has to do anything with what the adults like and don't like.
Linda P February 06, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Interesting, they don't have the funds for a consolidated building but nonetheless assume the voters will cough up millions...while they dwaddle on mascot concepts. Typical BHSD.
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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