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School Colors Are the Talk of the Town

There's a discussion underway on an alumni Facebook page.

We asked our friends on Warren Patch Facebook page and Warren Township Community Facebook page what they're talking to their friends and neighbors about this week, and found an interesting discussion underway on the Watchung Hills Regional alumni Facebook page about the school colors.

Larry Pearce wrote about the page's talk of changing the school colors from brown and gold to black and white, and asks, "Why?"

What do you think? Would Watchung Hills' athletes gain strength from the gain in contrast? Do you vote for (in the accompanying photo) Tommy Giamo's balck and white jersey, or Anthony Prus' brown and gold?

Tell us what you think in the box below, or add what other topics have been on your mind this week. 

dennis christy February 28, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Brown and Vegas Gold. the 70's are over. Its all about looking good, looking good transitions to playing good and pride.
R. Rillo February 28, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Why try to change a part of WHRHS history? If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Brown and gold all the way... Once a Warrior, always a Warrior. Wear those colors proudly!
Kizbit February 28, 2013 at 01:29 PM
My understanding is because brown is a special order color and therefore costs more and takes longer to get when ordering uniforms. Black and white are standard color and a standard color combination, allowing for lower cost and faster delivery on uniforms.
Larry Pearce February 28, 2013 at 03:21 PM
you are talking $$$ at WHRHS....are you kidding
Phil F. February 28, 2013 at 03:39 PM
And change the lyrics to the fight song?? Too bad about that special-order problem. I suppose nostalgia isn't everything, and when's the last time I went to a game? They sure were great fun back in the day....
Heather Trumpore February 28, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Actually it is the Vegas Gold that is the special; It does not always cost more, but your selection can be limited. Ordering uniforms can be done with enough lead time that it shouldn't be an issue and teams don't order new uniforms every year so that shouldn't be a problem. The poll picture is deceiving because it looks like a black jersey with gold and brown. A better example would be either the field hockey or girls' lacrosse teams who kept true the school's colors of brown and vegas (and white).
Elaine Walker Nelson February 28, 2013 at 04:23 PM
OK..would we change the color of our flag because it was from yrs ago??? No..the colors represent our great country and the history of the past. This is what the brown and gold means to me and others for our great years at WHRHS! We had champion teams in the 70's when I was there and also before and after that. The colors are part of of all of us that went there and were so proud of our school! Keep the part of history that made this school...the Brown and Gold!
Sharon (Leiner) Doig February 28, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Very shocked to hear about the color change! There is so much history with our school. What else have they changed? Black and white is so dull. Brown and gold are a great combination. The excuses I see for the change seem so false.
Samara Luckey February 28, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Brown and Gold FOREVER!! As someone said before, we are talking about WHRHS. The extra cost, if any, should not be an issue. Black and white, THUMBS DOWN!
Robert Mangione February 28, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Forever brown and gold!! A point of difference based on past history and the relevance of being authentic today!!
randy foster March 01, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Brown and Gold were good colors, As a 78 alumni I was shocked at the color scheme that has taken hold. Forever Brown and Gold as the Saints go marching in! Glad that my oldest daughter is a Warren hills Blue Streak. Go Lady Streaks Field Hockey!
woody March 01, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Brown and Gold forever why change it dont fix something that ant broke 76 alumni proud of it
Claire Girvin Guggenheim March 01, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Leave it the way it is. Brown and gold ARE our unique colors signifying many years of wonderful history and tradition!
Joanna L March 02, 2013 at 08:53 AM
To all the alumni, I truly do respect what the school colors have been and appreciate your love for Watchung Hills. However, this has been a debate between the students as well as the staff, including administrators, about what the school colors should be. It's quite unanimous that as a school we like black and vegas gold better. To the people who attend Watchung Hills today, I would say most prefer the black and vegas gold. It's not only easier to get and cheaper, but it stands out better. To us, at this time, our school colors are black and gold. Brown and gold are no longer the colors that represent Watchung Hills. Like I said I respect what you are saying but for you the alumni to intervene with what we should be wearing today, I don't believe is right. We are proud of black and gold and will continue to wear it whether or not it is our official school colors. Even if apparel ends up being changed, since the alumni has requested it be changed back to brown and gold, kids will continue to make shirts that are black and gold, whether its by the school or by themselves to sell to students. Black and Gold is our Watchung Hills, and I wish the alumni as well as some other would see that "their" Watchung Hills is not the Watchung Hills of today. The students, parents and staff should decide the school colors of today, not the alumi. I do respect the alumni and hope that you do not find this post offensive as it is the truth of many student, parents, staff and administrators.
MJD March 03, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Great thoughts Joanna, and I am truly impressed that a current student of WHRHS is following this debate and actively engaged in contributing to the decision. Keep pushing for what your student body wants, and attend Board of Ed meetings to let them know what the student body finds important. Petition your principal and administrators as well. Things change, the world changes, life changes, and young people like YOU are a part of the progress of change!!
Priscilla Franzyshen March 05, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Colors are tradition. This should not have been up for debate. Did you change the school song or didnt you know you had one of those either. Maybe you can make it a rap song. Perhaps that would be more timely. You dont change history. There are no "school colors of today" I do not know what that even means. One word "tradition"
Leslie Wolfe Steeber March 06, 2013 at 12:31 AM
I agree with Priscilla Bet you youngsters do not even know the school song! or the reason behind the brown and gold! I cannot believe that after all these years there are "children" deciding the future of the Watchung Hills Regional High School colors, school song and mascot! What is the mascot now??????
Ginny Wolferz Moffat March 06, 2013 at 10:25 PM
So Joanna, what high school did you go to & what school colors did you have?? Brown & Gold are beautiful colors & should not be changed EVER...I bet that other high schools around the area still have their same colors & haven't changed them..what a crock about not having enough money to order the uniforms in BROWN & GOLD!!! Once a Warrior always a Warrior..And i suppose you are going to change the yearbook from Lenape to something way out there???? Unbelievable..this alumni says No to Black & White!!! Class of '67
Bob Higgins March 13, 2013 at 02:47 AM
To the current students at Watchung Hills: In the world of marketing it is about building awareness through familiarity of the brand. This in turn builds a relationship that insights persons to be proud of the brand and its history of high esteem/quality. The familiarity begins by exposing a consistent image which includes graphics and colors. Would Best Buy ever change their colors? Many people who step into control want to make changes as you will find in the future employments and social groups. I offer my opinion as a corporate marketer for the last 35 years and that is to retain the recognition you have going for your brand. I agree with Claire that your current colors are more unique which also is a prime goal of an image campaign.

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