When the Oak Hills High School football team takes the field for the first time in the fall of 2009, their uniforms will be red, white and black, and on their helmets will be a bulldog.

The colors and mascot choices are the result of 1,050 surveys passed out by Oak Hills principal Larry Porras, who is currently operating out of Cedar Middle School until the new high school is closer to completion. Cedar will be the main middle school that will feed into Oak Hills, and he took the question directly to his future students.

"It took me about two weeks, on and off," Porras said. "I went to PE classes, and met with groups of 10 to 20 at a time, passing out surveys. ... I met with every single PE class, and went through a couple of times, and got all but 40 students there."

Although there was a lot of support for the new school having a wolf pack for a mascot, the bulldog was a clear winner, he said.

The next step is to settle on what, exactly, the Oak Hills Bulldog looks like.

"I'd like to have one set mascot to use for at least the first year or two," Porras said. "Now that that is behind us, we can get some business cards, start looking at uniform designs, and that sort of stuff."

(He's also busy with more academic pursuits, of course, such as acquiring science supplies, band equipment and wood and auto shop equipment.)

The second time was the charm for the bulldog: It was the second choice of future Sultana High School students when the high school first opened its doors in the 1990s.

"The school is going to begin to take on an identity," Porras said. "There's no high school in the valley that uses red, I'm excited.

"Go Dawgs!"

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.