Newest school mascots added to NISD mascot family

July 16, 2010

Bengals, Bears, Bulldogs, Engineers, and Rangers will be added to the list of mascots as NISD's five newest schools reveal the newest school mascots and logos for their communities.

Brennan High School, the District's tenth comprehensive high school, will be the Brennan Bears with the colors of Black and Gold. The school is named after U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan.

"When looking for a school mascot, we wanted something strong and courageous that would endure over time," said Principal Gerardo Marquez. "Justice Brennan was a strong man who believed in justice for all people, and we feel that this mascot depicts his legacy of courage and strength."

Briscoe Middle School will be the Bengals with the colors of Maroon and Gold. The school is named after the former Governor Dolph Briscoe, who passed away in June.

According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the "year of the tiger." The school's principal, Javier Martinez, explains that they looked for a mascot that reminded them of the importance of "having the eye of the tiger."

"That is the kind of focus that our staff will impart in our pursuit of instructional excellence for all students," he said.

Behlau Elementary School will be the Bulldogs, with Purple and Black for colors. The school's namesake, Bobbye Behlau, spent more than 40 years in education as an elementary school teacher, reading specialist, vice principal and then principal.

"When NISD opens a new school, the future students from each of the schools are asked to vote for what they want for their school mascot and colors," explained Behlau Principal Jody Fries. "In our case, I think the students saw the bulldog as a friendly but strong animal. We will certainly be Bulldog Proud at Behlau!"

Henderson Elementary School will open with the Rangers as their mascot, with the colors of Blue and Silver. The school is named after Dr. Pat Henderson, who worked as a teacher, a counselor, and later as the director of Guidance and Counseling at NISD.

According to Principal Tom Mackey, they chose the Ranger as a mascot because they were looking for someone who guides and helps those in need, similar to what the school's namesake did during her career. The school also sits on the former Kallison Ranch property, so the mascot is a nod to that former area and the people who guided, protected and served the community.

Martin Elementary School opens with the Engineers as their mascot, and with the colors red, blue, and silver. The school is named after Jim Martin, an engineer who dedicated his career to education. He served in various construction and maintenance positions with three different school districts in town before retiring as Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Operations at NISD.

"It is very fitting for Martin Elementary to have the Engineers as a mascot," said Principal Evelyn Cobarruvias. "Our namesake dedicated his life to not only working as an engineer, but in building quality school facilities that provide excellent learning environments so our students can be successful in school and life."