Since opening in 1957, historic Central Gwinnett High School has had a long and colorful history… and those colors have been black and gold. That tradition continues in 2015; however, the Black Knight mascot and colors have had a makeover.
Over the summer, Principal Maryanne Grimes led an inclusive process to update the school’s logo. “Meeting with the community, parents, and students as we worked to update the high school mascot and colors has been a great way to engage our community, connecting the past, present, and future,” says Mrs. Grimes. “The Black Knight is an important part of our school history and the consensus was that it is very meaningful to our students, Central Gwinnett alumni, and the City of Lawrenceville. The Black Knight unites our cluster schools. It is a symbol that has withstood the test of time and represents the strength and honor exemplified by our community.”
With the makeover, the school’s Black Knight and other significant marks (the traditional CG) celebrate the past while presenting a more modern look. “Exciting things are happening at Central Gwinnett High School,” says Mrs. Grimes. “Our new Black Knight is a part of that excitement. He captures our focus on the 3 Vs… vision, valor, and victory. We have a vision for all of our students. Valor represents our spirit and our bold pursuit of excellence for our students. And victories are found every day as we help students achieve their dreams. ”
The edgier, more modern black knight also is generating a lot of community excitement around the school’s athletic programs. Athletic Director Matt Champitto says, “The updated and modern look really gives us some options to market and promote our brand and celebrate the great things we have going on at Central Gwinnett.”