Berlin HS mascot, colors to be announced

The mascot and colors of the new Olentangy Berlin High School will be revealed at the district’s board of education meeting on Tuesday.

Todd Spinner, the principal of the Olentangy Local School District’s fourth high school, will announce the final choices and two runners-up for the mascots. He will also announce which color was chosen to pair up with the Olentangy blue like the other schools.

Olentangy surveyed about 2,500 residents of the community. Those results were used to narrow down the top ten mascots and top four colors that were presented to prospective students at two special sessions on Saturday, Aug. 12. About 120 students voted on their phones for what the mascot and colors should be for the new school.

At the sessions, Spinner reminded the students that the mascot and colors selected now would be permanent. He said they should consider how the mascot and the colors would sound in a cheer and appear on a uniform.

“What you do today is forever,” he said. “… These are the type of things you need to think about.”

Spinner and district leadership have used those votes to narrow down to the top three.

The mascot options were the Generals, Express, Bison, Rangers, Buccaneers, Eagles, Bears, Bobcats, Bruins, and Hawks. After eliminating other school colors, the color options available for consideration were black, red, green, and light blue.

Berlin High School is on schedule to open for the 2018-2019 school year.

In other business, the board:

• Will discuss economic development incentives for Creekside Industrial Park project;

• Receive a staffing update for the 2016-2017 school year;

• Consider to approve a Wellness Services Agreement with Mount Carmel Health System for district wellness services at a cost of $7.90 per staff member registered in the program;

• Consider to approve bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year.

The agenda is available at

The board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Olentangy Administrative Offices, 7840 Graphics Way, in Lewis Center.

By Brandon Klein

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