Montesano High School received an early Christmas present.
The school’s mascot — Spike the Bulldog — has returned from the groomer, so to speak, and is looking like new.
Actually, he is new thanks to a fundraising effort by Montesano High students.
The school recently unwrapped and unveiled the new Spike uniform at a basketball game on Dec. 13. It replaces the old uniform, which had seen better days after being in use for well over a decade. It was falling apart at the seams, stained and — worst of all, according to the students who had to dawn the outfit for sporting events — smelled ghastly.
The new uniform cost $1,200, but up until last month the fundraising efforts had only garnered $750 needed to purchase it. But when a Vidette article appeared regarding the effort to replace Spike’s uniform, a Bulldog alumni read it and immediately donated the remaining $450, according to Anne Ekerson, the school’s leadership teacher and ASB adviser.
The old Spike’s feet were falling apart and the exposed foam inside them resembles a sponge that’s been sitting in the kitchen sink way too long. The head was also fraying.
“It smells much better and looks much better, but other than that you really can’t tell the difference from the old one,” said Erik Warner, a Monte High junior who has portrayed Spike in the new uniform at some recent events.
“It’s way hotter in there though,” added Warner, noting that may be because he wore the new suit at an indoor event rather than at an evening football game outside in the Harbor’s fall weather. Somebody will get that opportunity next fall.
“The new one really portrays the Montesano High spirit,” said senior Mary Madeline Diamond, a member of the Leadership class.
While Warner is among the students wearing the Spike uniform for now, Ekerson said the school will hold tryouts in January for students to become the “official” Spike at home sporting events.
When those students are selected, their identity will then be kept a secret during their tenure as the school mascot.
“When we do that, we will not reveal their identity,” Ekerson said.