The Olentangy Local School District’s fourth high school is still under construction, but it already has a name, principal, and athletic director.
But administrators already have another task to complete before the school opens for the 2018-2019 academic year.
“It is time to select Berlin High School’s mascot and colors,” Olentangy Superintendent Mark Raiff said.
The entire Olentangy community is invited to provide input via a survey for the school, located on Berlin Station Road. The survey link can be found at www.www.olentangy.k12.oh.us. The deadline to complete the survey is July 26.
Survey participants will need to keep in mind the parameters for the selecting the mascot and colors. The school board’s policy will only allow mascot names based on local historical figures or animals with no proper and directional names.
In addition, “Olentangy blue” will be one of the Berlin High School’s two colors because it’s the district’s designated color.
“It’s OK to use a color (that) one of the middle schools already uses,” said board member Julie Feasel on her Facebook page.
Olentangy High School’s mascot is the Braves with gold as its secondary color, while Olentangy Liberty High School’s mascot is the Patriots with silver as its color. And Olentangy Orange High School’s secondary color is orange with the Pioneers as its mascot.
The survey results will help district officials select the top 10 choices for the mascot and colors. Berlin High School Principal Tod Spinner, who the district hired earlier this year, will meet with students who will be attending the school on Aug. 12 to narrow it down to the top three mascot and color choices.
The school board will have an opportunity to provide input with a decision to be made at a meeting on Aug. 24.
Raiff said it’s important to make a decision about the mascot and colors soon in order to have time to order athletic uniforms and other branding-involved products for the 2018-2019 school year.
The district broke ground for the fourth high school in June 2016. Gilbane Building Company is constructing the 303,000-square-foot high school. The facility will cost nearly $70 million to build.
The board selected Berlin as the name in part for the road it is on and its location in Berlin Township, according to the district’s website. The name was once used for one of the original schools in the area before the consolidation of the Olentangy Local School District in the early 1950s.
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