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.”