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Fargo School District asking public to help name new high school mascot, school colors

FARGO - It's time to get in touch with your inner ad man. The Fargo School District is encouraging district residents to log on and take part in picking the mascot and colors for Davies High School, the third major high school planned to open in ...

FARGO - It's time to get in touch with your inner ad man.

The Fargo School District is encouraging district residents to log on and take part in picking the mascot and colors for Davies High School, the third major high school planned to open in the fall of 2011.

The Web site went live this morning with interactive school color selection. (Choose a color and see how it looks on a jersey.) And spots to type in your favorite school name and mascot, and the reason you like your offering.

Choosing colors, mascot and nicknames early is important to creating an "identity" for the students in the Discovery Middle School area who will eventually split from South High School and go to Davies, said Activities Director Ed Lockwood.

"I think it's important to start that now. We can make some transitions in middle school long before they come into high school," Lockwood said.

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"We want the community to embrace this. This is the time to rally behind the new high school," he said.

Davies High School will stand southeast of the intersection of 70th Avenue South and 25th Street. It's named after Judge Ronald N. Davies, whose rulings were key to helping end segregation in schools. Davies High is expected to cost more than $44 million.

To submit choices online, go to www.fargo.k12.nd.us . Then click on "Community," Fargo Davies High School, and "Vote for a school color or nickname."

You can also mail your suggestions to: Activities director, Fargo Public Schools, 415 Fourth St. N., Fargo, ND 58102

Suggestions will be accepted through March 14. After that, they'll be vetted by the district's athletics committee and administrative Cabinet members, Lockwood said.

They'll go to the school board April 8 to be winnowed down further, then presented to sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders at Discovery Middle School for their input.

The School Board will then take that input and could make a decision by April 22.

For more details, see Saturday's Forum.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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