Principal Coleen Parker will present five ideas for a new mascot icon to represent Del Norte High School at the School Board’s meeting today.
Visual ideas include a Trojan/Spartan, a knight, two versions of a Viking, and a flaming W, according to the Del Norte County Unified School Board staff report.
The mascot icons presented to the board come as a result of a survey student senators distributed among their classmates. At a board meeting in October, student body vice president Eileen Rivera said student senators supported keeping the Warrior name and the school colors of blue and gold, but were opposed to having an animal mascot.
Parker was tasked with putting together a similar survey for the community, district Superintendent Don Olson said.
The school has been without an icon since June 1998, when officials decided to keep the Warrior name but drop the Indian head icon that depicted a chief with full headdress.
The mascot issue returned to the spotlight in the summer when a parent complained about equipment bags Del Norte Youth Football issued to its players. The bags depicted an Indian brave icon in blue and gold contrast.
Del Norte Youth Football officials reclaimed the bags following the complaint. A private citizen then purchased the bags and gave them back to the players.
The School Board meets at 4:30 p.m. today in the Education Center Building at the district office at 301 W. Washington Blvd. Agendas, staff reports and proposed icons can be found at del