Mascot, colors announced for Bloomfield Hills High School

Black Hawks in black, silver and purple uniforms to represent unified school in 2013

By: Chris Jackett | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 21, 2012

 High school sophomores Mac Bank of Andover and Libby Baxter of Lahser announce the Black Hawks as the new mascot for the unified Bloomfield Hills High School during a Feb. 15 press conference at the Doyle Center.

High school sophomores Mac Bank of Andover and Libby Baxter of Lahser announce the Black Hawks as the new mascot for the unified Bloomfield Hills High School during a Feb. 15 press conference at the Doyle Center.

Photo by Edward Osinski

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It took a few weeks and a clarification before the final vote, but the seventh- through 10th-graders in Bloomfield Hills Schools have decided what their new school mascot and colors will be.

Students and district officials gathered Tuesday afternoon at the Doyle Center to announce the decision from a weeklong online student vote. The new mascot will be the Black Hawks, and the new school colors will be black, silver and purple.

Sophomores Mac Bank of Andover and Libby Baxter of Lahser made the announcement and fielded questions from the media along with nine other student leaders from primarily the middle school level.

“We as a student council met and discussed mascots and color options and felt it would be the most fair,” Baxter said of the voting process. “It is a big topic. There are definitely a lot of opinions. It was really fun. Everyone had a really good time with it.”

More than 800 students voted on three options in each category, but the winners each captured 50 percent or more of the vote. The Chargers were the mascot runner-up by a narrow margin over the Royals, while 30 percent of students voted for blue and gold, which ended up as the runner-up ahead of the 20 percent who wanted black and blue.

“It was very, very important to get everyone involved and everyone’s voices heard,” Bank said. “Everyone has come to the consensus that the Black Hawk is the great new Bloomfield Hills High School mascot.”

Initial confusion between a black hawk of the bird variety; Black Hawk, a Native American leader; or the mascot of Chicago’s NHL team, was addressed before the final vote.

“A Black Hawk, we’re going to refer to it as a bird of prey, essentially a black hawk,” Bank said. “We’re setting the legacy for the new Bloomfield Hills High School. We’ll be the first graduating class for the new Bloomfield Hills High School and see how it impacts the school for the next 50-100 years.”

The student leaders sported T-shirts that read “Future Bloomfield Hills High School Graduate” on the front in the three new school colors and “Go Black Hawks!” on the back in black. The next step of the process, which does not yet have a timetable, is to design a new logo for the mascot.

“The logo is going to be all student oriented. They’re going to design it and they’re going to pick it,” Baxter said. “As the student body, we’re setting the new precedent for the new Bloomfield Hills High School.”

The new Bloomfield Hills High School Black Hawks will take to athletic fields in fall 2013 after the Andover Barons and Lahser Knights unify programs in all varsity sports. Varsity teams will remain separate for the 2012-13 school year, although freshmen teams may begin wearing the new uniforms.

“I’m just really excited. More than anything, I’m really proud of how the kids were involved with this,” said Board of Education President Ingrid Day, who was in the audience for the announcement. “We want the kids to understand this is important to all of us. They really embraced the process.”

For more information on the rest of the high school unification process, visit www.bloomfield.org/bhs-unified-high-school.

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