Cavaliers News · Info for the Adrienne C. Nelson High School Community

Dear ANHS Community,

For the past few months, I have appreciated engaging in virtual conversations regarding Adrienne C. Nelson High School’s mascot and colors. In this time of challenges, it has highlighted the need to listen to many perspectives and act with thoughtfulness and compassion.

At this time, I would like to give you an update regarding where we are in this process. After consulting with other districts who have recently undergone a mascot name change, we have discovered a problematic tie between “Nighthawk” and the Ku Klux Klan. Prior to making the decision to move forward with Nighthawk, we had conducted our own research but due to the different ways information like this is memorialized, we had not uncovered this connection until later.

In looking for a mascot, our community has told us it is important to choose a symbol that unites our community and projects a positive message.  Obviously, moving forward with a mascot that carries with it these connotations -even if that was not our intent- does not do either of these things.  We must think about the legacy we are building for our community.

We value your feedback and believe we are on the right track.  With that in mind, we would like to continue honoring the community’s input by sticking with the “Hawk” concept.  We have also received great feedback about colors, so we would like to invite the community to take a few minutes to complete a survey that will allow us to move forward. The feedback on the options (listed below) on this survey paired with the feedback we received previously regarding the logo design will allow us to complete this stage of the design process and move forward with a mascot that will represent this community with strength, unity, and integrity.

Here are the options included in the survey:

  1. Colors: Black/Gold Mascot: Golden Hawks

  2. Colors: Black/Silver Mascot: Valley Hawks

  3. Colors: Black/Gold Mascot: Valley Hawks

  4. Colors: Black/Gold Mascot: Hawks

  5. Colors: Black/Silver Mascot: Hawks

Please go to to complete the survey. Thank you for continuing to be a part of this important work.


Greg Harris


Adrienne C. Nelson High School