By Billie Rae Bisepp, Disciple of All Living Things
Since C.K. McClatchy High School’s opening in 1937, the school has featured the lion as their mascot. Earlier this week, the 80-year-old school shocked the school’s alumni by abruptly changing their mascot to the dandelion. This major update created a backlash that has been covered heavily by multiple news sources, social media sites, and even outside the Sacramento area.
On Monday, McClatchy alumni Cheri Leeder (class of 1989), who was excited about the recent mascot change exclaimed, “I think it’s the best thing that ever happened to our school.” He added, “I mean we’ve only had the same mascot for 80 years. Maybe this change will allow us to create a new destiny and grow, just like a dandelion.” However, other community members, such as local global warming questioner Fauna Trample sees this move as a disgrace, “I mean—why a dandelion, ya know? They’re just yellow flowers that get stepped on all the time.”
“Although we took into account of people’s possible thoughts and opinions before we made the decision, we also understand that it’s a new world and time,” district spokesman William L. Park told The Prospector. “Change is beautiful and inspirational. And it also allows others to speak their minds.”
However, active watchdogs in the area brought attention to an important issue: how much money is this taking out of our pockets? With the change of their mascot, McClatchy will have to remodel more than 50% of their school. This includes the lion statues in the front of the school, the gym with multiple references to the lion on the floor and around the gym, and much more, not to mention the cost of new banners, clothes with the new logo, and other products. All of the modifications will cost the Sacramento City Unified School District and taxpayers an estimated $10 million, the same amount as the grant for McClatchy’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program. The budget situation is the main source of mixed reviews for the common flower to serve as mascot.
Biological evidence and history indicate both positive and negative traits for this well-known flower. In the twentieth century, people finally decided that dandelions were actually weeds. Invasive dandelion weeds can crowd lawns and kill other plants. But as dangerous as they are, they are also bright, beautiful flowers that can be found almost anywhere and are part of the daisy family.
Once the wonderful and intriguing dandelion flower has bloomed, the flower head dries out for a day or two. This allows the petals and excess materials to fall off, creating a plant that we know as: the wish flower. Many children blow on the flower, hoping that their dreams will come true. Perhaps McClatchy students can now wish that their school will one day be as wonderful as John F. Kennedy High School.