Happy Valentine’s Day, Trailblazers!
In honor of the day, here’s a little bit of background about someone we all know and love:
Did you know that, when THES first opened its doors, Blazer the Dog was NOT the mascot?! It was instead a flaming pencil!
THES Art Teacher Mrs. Poulos was here when it all began. She recalls:
“[W]e had a school-wide contest the first year we opened and a student designed the flaming pencil logo. I tweaked it a little and our logo was born.”
Here’s the original drawing, by former THES student, Laura Cunningham!:
Mrs. Poulos continues:
“[T]he song “Who Let the Dogs Out” was a popular song at the time, so it was played at our Blazer Blasts (named from our first principal: Dr. Florence.) I believe this is how the wheels started turning and set the dog idea in motion.
It was a parent who integrated a dog into the picture and named him Blazer.
…Blazer made a few appearances on t-shirts for field day and spirit wear too. Mr. D then made a full scale shift with it when he came on board to our school.”
[Thanks so much for that history, Mrs. Poulos!]
I like the flaming pencil – but I for one am glad Mr. D. made the shift to the Blazer we know. THES just wouldn’t be the same without that happy dog! 🙂
Have a great Valentine’s Day, everyone!