Submit Your Mascot Ideas
The search is on! Union Public Schools is on the prowl for a new mascot . . . and we need your help! We don't know if this mascot will have fur, feathers, hooves, scales, claws, or fangs. We just know that it's got to be FIERCE! And, most importantly, it's got to REP THE U. Ordinary, run-of-the mill mascots need not apply. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021, AT 5 P.M.
All applications should be consistent with the following guidelines:
1. Union's Board of Education supports the use of school mascots and school colors to build school spirit and to promote a sense of community. The term "mascot" refers to any character and the related name, logo, image, symbol, and/or costuming, used to represent Union High School, school-sponsored teams, and the district. Mascots should represent Union in a positive manner and benefit school unity and pride.
2. Union will continue to use RED and BLACK as primary colors. (We will also continue to use WHITE and SILVER as supplementary colors). Please submit your mascot with that in mind.
3. Mascots must meet the following requirements:
A. Mascots will NOT be derogatory or offensive toward a person or class of persons. Mascots will be culturally and racially sensitive and appropriate.
B. Mascots will depict individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect.
C. Mascots should be consistent with the Core Values of Union Public Schools.
By submitting this idea, applicants acknowledge that all mascot names, ideas and images become the property of Union Public Schools, at no cost to the district. All applications consistent with the guidelines above will be considered. Union reserves the right to make modifications to the mascot name or image (if submitted).
Union Supporters Share Thoughts on New Mascot
Thanks to those who participated in Union’s Thought Exchange survey. Union Public School had 1,140 people share feedback about the characteristics and attributes they want reflected in a new mascot for Union. Participants provided 34,932 ratings of the ideas presented using this crowdsourcing tool.
There was broad representation among Union stakeholders, with 41 pe4rcent being students, 24 percent parents, 26 percent teachers, staff, or administrators, 6 percent alumni and 3 percent community/other.
Among the most highly rated mascot attributes were the following:
“Another thing we heard consistently was that Union supporters want to retain our signature red and black color scheme, which is our plan,” said Chris Payne, Chief Communications Officer. “We want to use this feedback – along with the district’s Core Values – to inspire Union supporters to come up with the best new mascot for our district. Our hope is that this new mascot will represent Union well for the next 100 years.”
Union Seeks New Mascot
On November 9, 2020, the Union Board of Education voted unanimously to discontinue the use of a mascot and logo that had been in place for over 75 years. Now Union needs to select a new mascot for Union High School. To begin the process, we’re trying a new tool called Thought Exchange. We are already contacting students, parents and teachers via email and text message with links to Thought Exchange.
This will be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about what characteristics and attributes you want the new mascot to have. Not only will you be able to share your own thoughts, but you will have the opportunity to rate the thoughts of others (which is where this gets FUN!).
The exchange will run through Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:30 p.m. We will share the results of the exchange with you. Later we will unveil a mascot application process where you will be able to share your recommendation for mascots that best exemplify Union High School and the district. We hope you enjoy this process as we work together to identify a new mascot for Union High School and the district.