The Scott County Board of Education named Warhawks as the mascot for Great Crossing High School at its meeting on July 6, 2017. The mascot was developed after months of careful consideration which included community surveys, student opinion polls, and a comparison of the mascot of every school played by every team from Scott County High School as well as all of those from surrounding counties and the most popular mascots in both the state and nation.
As the old saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. The announcement of the Warhawks mascot brings with it the possibility of community events like an annual Battle of the Birds when GCHS and SCHS face off in friendly across-town competition. Hawks are indigenous to this area, so while the school may be new, the mascot is a local.
The term is historically significant as the name of the movement led by statesman Henry Clay. Warhawks were also small, single-engine fighter planes painted to look like birds. The planes set speed records when they were tested in 1939, which, coincidentally, was the same year the original Great Crossing High School opened.
The Great Crossing Warhawks mascot is unique and lets the school write its own history. The image symbolizes forward-thinking, courage, and honesty. The mascot is gender neutral and lends itself to an animated character perfect for pep rallies. This important decision lays the foundation of culture and school spirit for the new high school on schedule to open in August 2019. School shirts, pennants, and a sign emblazed with the powerful Warhawks logo will be ready in time for the ground breaking ceremony later this summer.