The Garland ISD Board of Trustees today approved a new South Garland High School mascot—the Titans. Students, staff, alumni and community members all helped select the campus’ new symbolic figure after a months-long process, which included public submissions, committee meetings and a final campus vote.
In November, GISD Trustees voted unanimously to retire the Colonel as the SGHS mascot. A recommendation survey launched in early December, and committees went to work in early January.
Dedicated to a true community-driven process, students, staff and alumni worked together on mascot renaming subcommittees. Members received training, narrowed down proposals and viewed student-created renderings. Committees considered inclusivity, school colors, spirit group names and more as guiding principles.
A total of 421 mascot submissions were reviewed, nominated and scored. Sixteen advanced to a “Mascot Madness” round, three were identified as semifinalists and the final two went head-to-head for the recommendation title. The Titans bested the Texans by winning more than 65% of the student and staff vote. The Titans represent strength, resilience and greatness, making it an easy favorite throughout the process. The community also noted that the mascot corresponds with the school’s colors of red, white and blue.
"This team just made history. South Garland Titans is official. Thank you to all our committees to show how we can make difficult decisions in unity - the Garland ISD way. Let’s keep modeling for all how diversity can be a win-win situation," stated Superintendent Ricardo López on social media.
The South Garland Titans will make their debut in the fall of 2021.
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