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Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 2:26 p.m.

New Ypsilanti district seeking mascot and school color ideas

By Danielle Arndt

The Ypsilanti-Willow Run consolidated school district, Ypsilanti Community Schools, is seeking mascot and school color ideas from the community.


A Willow Run Flyers logo

Courtesy of WRCS

The deadline for submitting mascot names is March 14.

Ypsilanti Public Schools' existing mascot is the Phoenix and its colors are purple and gold. Willow Run Community Schools is the red and white Flyers.

Suggestion boxes will be placed in the main offices of all middle and high school buildings in both the Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts. Residents also can submit their ideas electronically by emailing WISD Communications Director Emma Jackson at


An Ypsilanti Phoenix logo

Courtesy of YPS

The public can preview the proposed names and color suggestions at two community forums designed for feedback and to identify the top 12 mascots and school colors.

The forums will be:

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Willow Run Intermediate Learning Center, 235 Spencer Lane
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Ypsilanti High School Media Center, 2095 Packard Road

The selection of a new mascot for the combined Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district is being led by an advisory group of board and community members. Student focus groups on this topic also were formed at all of the secondary schools, and the adult committee has met with each of the student groups to get their feedback.

"The students have indicated they want to be involved in this process and they have lots of great ideas," Board Trustee Maria Sheler-Edwards, who is co-chairing the advisory committee, said in a media release Thursday. "The student feedback has been upbeat and positive and we are looking forward to working with the community to select a mascot."

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 2:33 p.m.

It's already been rumored the colors have been picked and are black and gold so, why the charade?

Julia Herbst

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 1:52 a.m.

The Ypsilanti Liberators!!!


Sun, Mar 3, 2013 : 12:54 a.m.

Red and Gold!


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 11:07 p.m.

Combine the two. Willow Run Fliers with a B24 on it? Or just keep the logos and merge them. Otherwise, can't wait to see see the fun in September.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 5:03 p.m.

Oh yeah, New name, new colors, new uniforms for all teams, new logo painted on gym floors, new signs, new merchandise. Just look at all the money we are saving! All for a group of students where less than 10% are minimally proficient at their grade level. Why don't the schools consider eliminating all sports until minimal academic standards are achieved - not based on GPA's, but on standardized test scores.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 4:13 p.m.

Can't have the Phoenix. The mythical bird will be offended. Can't have the Flyers. The shoe company that gave us PF Flyers will be offended. Need to come up with something so benign that no one will be offended. Or is that even possible. Wish people would get a grip and stop with all the politcal correctness. But then again, what about our National Anthem? The land of the free and the home of the brave? Can we really use the word Brave? Can't seem to use it as a mascot?

Catherine Wright

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 2:38 p.m.

I'm not sure why it's necessary to change the school colors. It is just not cost effective to change everything because of the merge. New mascot, fine but the colors? Too much. We're trying to save money and be more efficient.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 5:01 a.m.

Suggestion I heard...keep Ypsi's colors purple/gold and WR's Flyers. Add wings to a Y.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 4:17 a.m.

Name the mascot after the very elegant bird and the local river: The Hurons

tom swift jr.

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 12:39 a.m.

The Wings.

Fresh Start

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 12:37 a.m.

The Riveters!!!! Rosie the Riveter is a US cultural icon. "We can Do It!"


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 12:31 a.m.

The Bombers

Kyle Austin

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 10:43 p.m.

I'll be curious to see what they come up with. It'd be nice if they could somehow combine the two, but I don't think there's a logical combination to Phoenix and Flyers out there (not a fan of Flying Phoenix).

sad day

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 9:25 p.m.

how about The B-24 Liberators for the bomber plant in Khaki green and silver.

Julia Herbst

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:05 a.m.

Myself along with many other alumni of Willow Run, are pushing for the Ypsilanti Liberators!


Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 11:53 p.m.

The "Liberator" was the nickname of B-24 Bomber Plane that was built at the Willow Run Manufacturing Plant during World War II. The Liberator Plane made a great contribution of the defeat of Nazi Germany, one of the greatest oppressors of modern history.


Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 9:02 p.m.

The Ypsilanti Braves?

Zachary Jones

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 8:59 p.m.

The Ypsilanti Generals (like city's name sake) Blue and White (like Greek flag)

Angry Moderate

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 8:39 p.m.

How about we keep both mascots, plus add another one just for good measure?


Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 9:13 p.m.

Maybe Sheler-Edwards is finally putting that PR experience to work. Give the public news that the board does not care nor listen to anything they have to say about important issues like who is going to run the district and then placate them with this nonsense while deciding the actual important stuff in private. Sorry, as a parent in the district, I couldn't care less about the school colors or mascots. I'm more worried about the education. Wake me up when we actually start talking about something important.


Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 8:20 p.m.

A phoenix with airplane wings.


Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 8:48 p.m.

The Flynixes.


Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 8:03 p.m.

-the "Superintendents" (for their love of superintendents) -red (for their financial situation)