From the time that many of them attended Cedar Middle School, Oak Hills High School students have had the chance to shape the new school's identity, including helping to select school colors and its mascot.


Now, two years after the school's opening, the Bulldogs are being asked to name the school's mascot.


"The first year we opened, my intention was to survey the kids the first year and get a name," Principal Larry Porras said. "It kind of got put on the back burner because we had no cheerleader who was going to get put in the (mascot) costume. It was a teacher at the time. ... We never, ever got around to it."


The choices of names Champ, Rex or Spike were developed during the brainstorming period when future Oak Hills students were still attending Cedar Middle. Surveys at that time chose both the bulldog and the black and red color scheme for the school.


A ballot to select the bulldog's name is on the back page of the debut issue of the school's new newspaper, the Paw Print.


Ironically, Porras said, the popularity of the newspaper initially suppressed votes.


"Kids are not wanting to tear out the paper to turn in the coupon," he said. He clarified last week that students could simply write their votes on other pieces of paper instead.


The results of the survey will be announced at the football team's game on Friday.


But this may be the last time the Bulldogs are surveyed on this topic.


"Down the road, it'd also be a good idea to have a female" mascot, Porras said.