Hawks is students' choice for River Hill High nickname

June 05, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

River Hill High School will be the home of the Hawks when it opens next fall.

The name of the school mascot was announced with the help of the Baltimore Zoo on Monday night at a bonfire pep rally attended by almost 400 students.

"We went to every costume shop in the region, and we couldn't find a costume," said Scott Pfeifer, principal of River Hill. "But we called the Zoo Mobile, and they were able to bring out a hawk. When we announced the name, this live hawk came out and spread his wings."

The name Hawks was chosen by a vote of students who will attend River Hill next year. The four other finalists were Hornets, Rockets, Ravens and Road-Runners. The other new high school opening next fall -- Long Reach -- chose Lightning as its nickname last month.

River Hill High will open with its own student population next fall.

For the past two years, students from Wilde Lake High School have attended classes in the River Hill building while Wilde Lake High was demolished and rebuilt.

River Hill's cheerleaders also made their first public appearance at the pep rally, and the event included line dancing and a dunking booth.

"We've been working real hard to try to help make the transition easier, and this program was something recommended by my transition team and the students," Pfeifer said. "It was a great way for them to start to get to know each other and get to know the school."

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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