The options for Watertown’s next mascot, or logo, to go with Watertown High School’s Raiders name were narrowed down to four Tuesday night and the decision will now be up to the School Committee.
Before the final choice is made, the proposed logos will go to the public so they can give their input about which one they favor, said School Committee vice chairman Kendra Foley, who is chair of the Mascot Subcommittee.
The committee was presented six possible concepts for the logo on Tuesday. The images looked different from the previous meeting in September when the group was unable to narrow the choices beyond six.
After looking at the latest concepts, the group was uneasy with how they looked, saying that the liked some of the ones from the previous meeting better.
In the end, the group eliminated one with a colonial figure and one with a masked man who some referred to as Zoro.
That leaves four images that all have some sort of knight or shield, or both.
The group agreed they wanted more polished pictures before asking people for people’s input.
“It should be something people could see and connect with, something sharp, something that people will say I want that to represent the high school,” said Todd Robbins, the television production teacher at WHS.
The committee members also noted that the logo may not end itself to something that could be turned into a live mascot (i.e. someone dressing in a costume) or for students to dress as when attending games.
Foley said that this is the first step, and that a mascot that someone can dress up as may grow out of it. Robbins noted that the newest NHL team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, has a golden alligator as its live mascot, which has no direct connection with a knight.
Originally, the plan was for the final proposals to be shown to the School Committee on Oct. 23, with a month of public input before the School Committee votes in November. Foley said she is not sure the changes can be made in time for the Oct. 23 meeting, so the first presentation may be delayed until November.
The group had some minor tweaks they wanted to make to the proposals.
Knight on a Horse
The group liked the concept of a knight on a horse holding a shield. Some said they would like to change the color of the horse to white. The designer said that would make the horse pop out more, and appear closer to the eye than the knight. Others said the knight’s mask should look more like a traditional Medieval mask, with a grill.
Shield with a W
A shield with a W on it was one of the options favored by the group. They decided they would rather not have the lightning bolt. Also, they wanted to change the color of the W so that it stands out more. Either white would replace the red in the W or it could be all black. Some suggested adding a script Raiders in front of the W like on the letters given to varsity athletes.
Knight Helmet with a W
The committee liked the design of the knight’s helmet with Raiders across the grill. Some worried that it was not clear that the letter it in back of the helmet was a W. Members suggested either making the helmet smaller, or raising the peak in the center so it is clearly a W.
Knight Behind a Shield
The committee liked the concept of a knight behind the shield, but had similar concerns as they had with other designs. They prefer having the knight’s helmet more like a traditional knight, with a grill on the mask, to change the color of the bottom of the W to make it stand out and remove the lightning bolt. Adding a script Raiders in front of the W was also floated for this concept.