Mustangs top choice for Mountain House High
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Mar 15, 2013 | 4977 views | 10 10 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Though it wasn’t the top vote-getter in a community-wide vote, a committee of residents, students and school district officials unanimously decided the Mustangs should be the mascot of Mountain House’s new high school.

Lammersville Unified School District Trustees will have the final say on the mascot and school colors, which the committee decided should be royal blue and silver.

The committee gave its recommendations Thursday, March 14, at the 111 S. De Anza Blvd. district office during a discussion about a student vote and survey regarding the school’s mascot and colors.

According to Superintendent Dale Hansen, students and residents cast more than 500 votes between Feb. 25 and March 8.

Among the 54 mascot suggestions, the Mustangs finished with 56 votes, behind the Tigers with 73 and the Mountain Lions with 61.

The committee recommended against choosing cat-themed mascot, as Lammersville Unified’s elementary schools all have a cat as their symbols — the Bethany Bobcats, Lammersville Lions, Questa Cougars and the Wicklund Wildcats.

Hansen said four more planned elementary schools could create an overwhelming community cat theme. He said the Mustangs were also favored because the animals supposedly once roamed the area at the foot of the Altamont hills.

“We were in favor of the Mustangs,” said Bethany School Principal Deborah Wingo. “I like it’s a majestic animal — it will be fun.”

When it came time to discuss colors, Hansen told the committee it would be best if the school had its own identity, as opposed to using colors currently used by another area high school — like Kimball’s orange and blue.

He said Mountain House should have colors that would not be similar those in the future school’s athletic league. He also cautioned against choosing unique colors that would increase the cost of band or football uniforms.

Bethany School sixth-grader Teddy Moisa, who sat on the committee and said “My whole class voted for Mustangs,” said she liked royal blue as a main color because it would be good for both girls and boys, because it could be “girly” or “manly.”

Hansen reminded the committee that district trustees will make a final vote on the colors and mascot, most likely at a meeting scheduled for April 17.

“We have a lot of flexibility,” said Hansen. “This is not the final say.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 835-3030 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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Tracygirlatheart
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March 17, 2013
Very democratic process. Let's vote and then I'll tell you what I chose. You're really showing the kids how it's done. Shame on you
IMHO
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March 18, 2013
Who said anything about it being democratic? They wanted to avoid the cat theme since all the elementary schools have cat mascots. Can't argue with that. The kids and people of the town all had input. We still do. Mustangs isn't set in stone yet. I agree though that the board should make the final decision. Leave it up to the kids and we might be the Unicorns. Shame on who? Please.
mthouseman
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March 18, 2013
If they wanted to avoid the cat theme, then why not put that out in the ground rules at the begining, then you wouldn't have this mess of not going with the majority vote.

You really think the kids and the town had a voice?

True, it's not set in stone, but I am willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that it stays.

Mustang Boulevard here we come.

With so many people here living in the fantasy world, I am not so certain that unicorns wouldn't have been a better choice.

IMHO
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March 18, 2013
I think they were really soliciting for public and school opinion, but not really giving the public a vote per say. Just trying to get a vibe on public opinion. I think it was a good strategy.

People out here living in a fantasy world? How do you mean?
Sneaky
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March 16, 2013
Like others here I would also say that Mustangs is rather unoriginal. I was a Martin Murphy Mustang in San Jose.

Not that Tigers is all that original either.

How about something truly novel, like the Lammersville Lemurs?

Sneaky
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March 16, 2013
That's all rather silly. Why have the community vote if some committee is just going to ignore their decision?

The top choice was "Tigers". Bad, deceptive headline. Shame on the author.

ChrisM101
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March 15, 2013
Oakdale High's mascot & Seirra High's colors...real original.
IMHO
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March 18, 2013
Yes, because they really cared about schools they weren't competing against. I don't think they copied anyone. I think any likeness is purely coincidental. People on here are hypercritical of everything.
LAM75
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March 15, 2013
Yikes. A copy of my Banta Elementary School Mustangs. I am a proud Banta Mustang and our colors are blue and white. I do not know if it royal blue and silver, but it is close enough.
IMHO
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March 18, 2013
Yes, you're right, they looked at all the schools in the area and tried to see who they could copy because they were lazy...or it was just coincidental that the mascot was the same as an elementary school that was miles away. Do you think they even bothered to look at elementary school mascots outside their own district? I doubt it, I wouldn't have either. Who cares if your daughter's preschool is the Tigers, doesn't mean they should throw that out either. I don't think anyone cares really.


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