Jennifer Weingart


The new merged Elkhart high school got a new name and mascot Tuesday night.

After a committee, more than 800 suggestions-narrowed to five, and votes by students--the name was to be Elkhart High School with a Mangy Lion mascot.

The board took issue with the ‘mangy’ part. Board member Glenn Duncan, “And the mascot I recommend as the Lion, not the Mangy Lion. That’s my motion.”


Last week students in Elkhart Community Schools voted on the new name and mascot for the merged high school.

Today officials released those names. They are the Elkhart Alliance High School Elks (black, silver). The Elkhart Community High School Express (black, white, royal blue). The Elkhart High School Jaguars (red, navy blue, gold). The Elkhart United High School Mangy Lions (red, white, navy blue). And The Heartland High School Thundering Herd (royal blue, gold).


Elkhart Community Schools has released a statement about President Donald Trump’s use of North Side Middle School Gym for a rally on Thursday.

The Trump rally was originally slated to be in South Bend. The location was changed over the weekend. The school board has since been protested by people angry that the public school would be used for a partisan political rally.

The statement read in part, “the Board of School Trustees acknowledges and respects the office of the President, regardless of party affiliations and positions.”

Elkhart Community Schools has formed a committee to come up with a new mascot and colors for the combined high school.

Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central High School are being merged as part of the school district’s four year strategic plan.

The committee is made up of current and former students and staff as well as parents and community members.

There will be three open meetings this month to discuss the changes.