In September we announced that we would be seeking a name for the PDS Sports teams (as well as for groups that compete in other challenges on behalf of the school). We asked for names and received well over 100 different name ideas from students, teachers, alumni, trustees and parents. We posted it on the PDS Facebook page and gathered some additional suggestions from fans. The list was wild – everything from the PDS Garden Gnomes to the PDS Stephen T. Colberts and everything in between.
Athletic Director Joan Matheis and I met with the captains of the varsity teams. Our task was to come up with a shortlist of possible names all of which were acceptable to the whole group. We wanted a name that honors and respects our team athletes, represents the school well and is not primarily associated with a major league team. That eliminated many great names.
The team captains winnowed names down to a short list, all of which they felt met the criteria and all of which were acceptable to all of them were it to be chosen.
So – here – in alphabetical order – are the final four:
The PDS Coyotes
The PDS Dragons
The PDS Eclipse
The PDS Navigators
And with great potential for slogans and mascots.
The students prek-12th grade – will make the final decision in a vote this week. But – if you would like to “vote” and join the debate go the PDS Facebook page and join in the fun.
The students’ decision will be announced on Friday.