By J.R. Sparke
The Rural Vista Heat, sporting uniforms blending red, orange, black and white, is the team nickname and colors chosen when Hope and White City High volleyball and basketball teams are combined for the 2013-14 school year and for the combined football team in the 2014-15 term.
The matter was discussed by the Rural Vista Unified School District Board of Education during a regular monthly meeting Monday night at White City.
Board members recently made the decision to combine the teams due to declining enrollment at the attendance centers, which had resulted in fewer student-athletes participating in sports.
Fifth through 12th grade students at the attendance centers in Hope and White City had been asked to suggest team nicknames and colors, White City Schools Principal Kate Robinson told board members. Student Councils at the school then narrowed the list to five nicknames and five color combinations.
During a subsequent joint meeting of Hope and White City Sites Councils, which include school personnel and community members, the list was narrowed to three. Those were: Bears-silver; Heat-red, orange, black and white; and Knights-purple.
Fifth graders through seniors then voted on the three. The Heat, with a color scheme combining red, orange, black and white, was the winner, Robinson said.
Paw prints, which have been used by Hope Lions and White City Huskies, also will be incorporated into athletic program materials.
“Pack of Pride” additionally will be used as a slogan.
Ilona Rice, president of the White City Site Council, said the color scheme and slogan will allow teams from both schools to retain their identities when they are combined.
District officials were directed by board members to move forward with the planning to make the changes effective with the coming school year.