Original Release: 12/14/2020
As most of us know, Brush was named for the inventor of the electric arc light , which first lit up Public Square in Cleveland in 1879 and continued to light public streets around the world well into the 20th century. The Euclid Township native's invention led to the high school named in his honor taking on the name of "Arcs" for our sports teams and club activities. While Brush's invention was an important one in bringing light to streets and squares previously not illuminated, capturing the essence of an "Arc" in a mascot could accurately be described as a difficult task.
Over the years, the visual representation of "Arcy" or a Brush "Arc" has taken on many forms. Over the past few years, in a rebranding effort, a group of Brush High School students took on that task of creating a new, modern, relevant "Arcy". Prior to the Covid lockdown, the new 21st century mascot, in its live form, has made appearances at sporting events and other district events as a means of instilling district-wide pride.
The eventual creation of a new Arcy began in 2013 when a strategic planning effort resulted in the desire to create a new, recognizable, inclusive symbol of pride for students of all grade levels. Current Superintendent Dr. Linda N. Reid decided to put the ball in the students' court and, together with Brush Principal Karl Williamson, convened a group of about 12 students from varying grade levels to brainstorm the possible characteristics of a new mascot. "The students essentially designed our new mascot," Reid said. "Arcy affectionately reflects the strength, determination and pride we all have in the South Euclid Lyndhurst Schools."
Arcy officially debuted before teachers at their annual welcome, pre-school-year convocation meeting in August of 2019, then before students when school opened three days later. Arcy has since gone on to join the Brush marching band and cheerleading squad, appeared at athletic contests, and visited students at all of the district schools.
"It's like the South Euclid Lyndhurst Schools has its own superhero," Reid said of Arcy's reception. "Arcy reflects the desire of the community to continue the legacy of success in our district, and was created by the passionate ideas generated by our very own students who wanted everyone to feel a little extra Arc Pride."