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District moves forward with mascot despite petition
by Becky Ginos
Nov 17, 2017 | 3900 views | 1 1 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend | print

FARMINGTON—The Davis School District plans to continue with the mascot for the new Farmington High School in spite of an online petition that has been gaining attention to change it.

The district recently announced that the mascot chosen by students who would likely attend the school will be the Phoenix. The petition claims the plural of the word Phoenix is “phoenices,” which could sound like a male body part.

“We’ve done research on the word and it refers to constellations and was used in the 1700s – nothing like today,” said Chris Williams, director of Communication & Operations for the district. “We contacted five other high schools with that mascot and they’ve never heard of such a thing.”

Williams said the new principal, Richard Swanson really liked the name because he has a desire to build a great student culture and he wanted the faculty, staff and students to all be moving in the same direction.  

“Nothing formal has been submitted to the district but we’re anticipating that he will do that,” said Williams. “He’s entitled to his opinion but we don’t necessarily agree with it. We had a lot of positive response from parents when we announced the name and since this petition has been gaining attention, we’ve had a lot of parents saying they don’t agree with him.”

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November 17, 2017
They aren't changing it because it would be dumb to change it for this reason. It's not a real word. Even if it was, it doesn't rhyme and violates social norms abruptly - something a study of taunts and jeers in context would reveal.

The story of discovery is so unbelievable as to be comic. It's all about sour grapes - either hating on the Phoenix idea for some bizarre reason, or they really wanted some other mascot.
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