By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
The Dundas Valley Secondary School Gryphon was unveiled as the new mascot for the local high school planned to replace both Parkside and Highland, Tuesday night.
Principal Em Del Sordo said students from both schools supported the Dundas Valley Gryphons as the single school's mascot and logo, with Gold and Black as the new school colours.
Del Sordo said the existing Parkside Panther and Highland Hawk can basically be converted to form the Dundas Valley Gryphons. The Gryphon is a mythical Greek creature combining an eagle and a lion.
Mock-up's of the new mascot, name, logo and colours were unveiled at Tuesday night's meeting of the Dundas Valley Secondary School Transition sub-committee. New uniforms are anticipated for September, but the Dundas school will be the first of several new or combined schools across the board to dip into a district-wide fund set aside for new sports uniforms and school logos.
Del Sordo said existing references to the Panthers and Hawks will be removed by September, and replaced by the Dundas Valley Gryphons.
Discussions Tuesday revolved around planning for the upcoming school year, when both existing buildings will operate as East and West campuses of Dundas Valley Secondary School, while the "academic wing" of Highland is closed for construction.
School and board staff are considering a variety of options for the use of Parkside and part of Highland - under the new school name - next year. Del Sordo and Superintendent Mag Gardner asked for feedback and suggestions.
Much of the planning for the use of the two buildings depends on information submitted by students in their option sheets, but board staff are developing a series of guiding principles - based on impacting students as little as possible.
Some sub-committee members questioned construction planning status, and communication between the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.
Student representative Kirsten Webb announced students are working on a special display about the history of both schools for the Dundas Museum. They are looking for information, artifacts and suggestions from alumni of both schools.
For more information on the status of transition planning, and the museum project, see the Thursday, Feb. 13 issue of the Dundas Star News for complete coverage.