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Clover Park School District Responds To Recommendation To Change "Warrior" Mascot

Clover Park High School’s warrior identity does not pertain to a particular culture, ethnicity, race or heritage, the district says. Rather, the name is more representative of the Warrior Way.

(Editor's note: I just got this response from the Clover Park School District to the state Board of Education's recommendation for schools to change American Indian mascots)

Clover Park High School’s warrior identity does not pertain to a particular culture, ethnicity, race or heritage.

Every society in all hemispheres from ancient to modern times depended on its warriors, the Warrior Code and the attributes they embody. Those virtues common to all heritages call us to be better, to strive, to value others, to persevere against odds, to work for the common good.

At Clover Park High School, these virtues are part of the Warrior Way, a common belief system that has concrete meaning for students to see, practice and carry forward whether in the hallway, the classroom, at home, or in the stands cheering for one’s team. Clover Park High School students represent nearly every part of the world. We honor the various warrior codes that have shaped our students’ cultures and heritages.

A current Clover Park High School student said it best, “‘Warrior” isn't a word or a mascot, it's a way of life.”

David October 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Very well said! Once a Warrior always a Warrior.
Brent Champaco October 03, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The student whom CPSD referred to was Patch user Jonathan, a student and football player who commented to the original story. You have to be encouraged when you hear young people produce such well-articulated contributions. Great job, Jonathan.
Alan October 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
It has always been the mighty mighty Warriors!
W Kellcy October 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I like the district's response and the student comment. I couldn't agree more. Need to update photo though, as the district has done a nice job of adding an attractive feature!
Sharon Bosser October 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Good for Clover Park HS!! Our daughter graduated from CP in 1988 and our grandson is a Freshman there this year...would not want their Mascot to be any different!!
KM Hills October 03, 2012 at 11:04 PM
As an Alum I am very proud to see the district take this stance!!
Brent Champaco October 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
So far, at least, it sounds like people support the school district's stance. It's a very interesting study from my perspective. Let's keep those comments coming ...
Chelsea Dingman October 26, 2012 at 08:39 PM
How could Clover Park change their mascot? There is nothing that could represent us better than a Warrior. Many of my family members have graduated from Clover Park and were known as Warriors. I am a senior this year and plan on being known as a CPHS Warrior. Once a Warrior always a Warrior. Please don't change our mascot.

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