Hesperia Junior High School's gymnasium isn't the only thing on campus getting a makeover.


The school's new gym, which is expected to be ready for use when the 2012-13 school year begins, will sport a new logo and a revised roadrunner mascot.


"We were trying to get away from the cartoon character" the school currently uses, said Carmen Becker, director of Purchasing Services for the Hesperia Unified School District. "Now that we were going to have our own gym, we didn't want to have the cute roadrunner, we wanted to go with the fierce roadrunner."


Becker tapped HUSD print shop artist Chris Vihnicka with the task of reimagining the school's mascot.


"Everybody liked it," said Hesperia Junior Vice-Principal Paige Moyer, who showed it to the school's ASB students and teachers on campus. "I haven't heard any negative feedback."


As for the gymnasium, it's about 40 percent complete, Becker said.


"They're getting ready to put the roof on," she said, "they're getting ready to put the trusses up."


Victor Valley Union High School District built Hesperia Junior High School in 1965 without a separate gymnasium. In the years since, the school used a single large space alternately as the cafeteria and gymnasium. In May, construction began on a new $5.4 million gymnasium, paid for with a mix of state and Hesperia Unified funds.


"The kids think it's already done," Becker said. "'We've got a wall!'" they say, not caring that the roof isn't on yet.


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