B y Jaime Thomas
Just when everyone in Granville thought the debate about school colors was over and done with, it once again came to light.
Head Football Coach Mario Torres gave a history lesson to those in attendance at a board of education meeting Monday night about the roots of the blue and gold. He said he researched through talking to players and coaches spanning the last eight decades and collected paraphernalia as well.
“In the 1930s, Granville was coined the Golden Horde because every piece of apparel we had was gold. When they took to the field they were a horde of gold,” he said. When Sam Eppolito, who was a big Notre Dame fan, became coach, he painted the leather football helmets Vegas Gold. And Torres continued on through the years with a brief history of changes.
Though the students chose Gold over Vegas Gold in March after Athletic Director Steve Palmer raised the issue at a February meeting, officials think they might have voted differently if they knew the history behind the colors.
“I’m very big on tradition. I would just ask that if and when it comes to a vote, that we make an informed decision. The community is very entrenched in Granville football,” Torres said. Along with the school board, others in attendance voiced their opinions about the subject, with most leaning toward the traditional Vegas Gold.
Jennifer Dashef, an art teacher, said gold is gold, while board member Eric Scribner said Vegas Gold builds consistency and looks classy. Business teacher Sue Hosley suggested the board make a plaque for the school explaining the history of its colors.
“I would even suggest a proclamation once we decide once and for all,” Business Manager Cathy Somich agreed.
“We know some of the history. We can keep the history and move forward. We have a story there, let’s keep it going,” Palmer said.
Eventually, the board voted to make Vegas Gold and Royal Blue the official school colors across the board, so all future sports uniforms will be ordered in those hues.
In keeping with the theme of athletics, Palmer also brought up several more issues to the board. He mentioned declining numbers on teams, a deteriorating boys’ locker room and closets-full of old trophies.
Dale Bucciero, who has children in the school system, addressed the board regarding low sports participation.
“Steve said we’ve had declining numbers in sports and said anyone with ideas should speak up publicly. My idea is to allow students who participate in sports and have practice to substitute physical education class. It’s something to ruminate on,” she said.
Bessen and Shaw said they would look into the issues and discuss them again next month. Also at the meeting, the board approved the tenure of Jessica Podres, a special education teacher, and Jennifer Powell, a social worker. They also accepted the resignation of Jim Donnelly, junior/senior high school principal, and Dick Stark, a bus driver.
Next month’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 2.