MHS Crest

The History of William Mason High School’s CrestMHS Crest

In spring 2007, our school’s official crest was unveiled by graduating senior, Lisa Morozova, during a speech given by her at the Class of 2007 Commencement Ceremony. Morozova, along with committee members David Allen, Kevin Bright, Tracey Carson, Marianne Culbertson, Sherri Federle, Tim Keeton, Kathryn McCann, Aaron Roberts, Jerry Schrock and Danielle Waggoner collaborated to present MHS students and staff with options for their approval though secret ballot. The crest you see displayed today is the one selected by the committee and students. It has been a part of every commencement ceremony since 2007. Also, the crest is used to officially welcome each incoming freshmen class.

Symbolism and Meaning in the Crest

At the center of the crest is a torch to symbolize our commitment to knowledge. A globe reflects our connectivity with the world outside of our school’s walls and a pen helps visualize our staff and students’ commitment to scholarly pursuits. All of these symbols were placed onto an open book to stress our continuous acquisition of knowledge. Two sheaths of wheat were added to honor our community’s agricultural roots. Our name, William Mason High School, is shown proudly on the banner. William Mason was the American Revolutionary War veteran who, in 1803, purchased the 640 acres that is now Mason and gives his name to our school. The date 1805 is shown because that is the date William Mason built our first school, a log cabin built within the original acreage so that his children could get an education. Below the date, seven stars are shown. These stars represent the seven members of the very first graduating class of MHS. The original commencement ceremony, held at Mason’s Opera House (where 5/3 bank is located in downtown Mason today) in 1886, featured all seven graduates delivering a commencement address. At the top of the crest are the pillars: Honor, Knowledge, Service, and Achievement. The pillars represent the goals and aspirations of staff and students. At the base, a block M, the official logo of Mason High School supports the crest. Included in the background of the crest are kelly green and white stripes, the official colors of our school.

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