January 26, 2022

To our entire BBHS Community:

It is an exciting day for all of us as we start our second semester of the school year and also begin a new era in our school history. Today we are thrilled to announce Bears as our newly-selected moniker. 

After a month of teasers and hints, our students, faculty and staff gathered this morning to participate in a surprise reveal. We would like to share with you the dynamic video we watched at the event, which showcases the name, logo and supporting graphic elements that comprise our new moniker and its accompanying visual identity system.

After the reveal, we held celebrations across our campus which included Root ‘Bear’ Floats, lots of swag, class photos in our new t-shirts and more. We will continue to update our website and social media platforms with images from the day’s festive events and of our new moniker as we move forward.

Bears was chosen after conducting a several months long community input and evaluation process that resulted in approximately 500 unique names submitted for consideration. Core to the input gathering and selection process was engaging and honoring the voices of the BBHS student body. Bears was the No. 1 student suggestion and the No. 1 suggestion across all other stakeholder groups, making it the leading moniker suggestion overall by a wide margin. Bears also met the key naming criteria identified through the community input survey:
  • A moniker starting with the letter “B” 
  • Is an animal
  • Has a connection to the Pacific Northwest
  • Is unique among peer high schools 
The characteristics of a bear as a courageous and caring protector, a fierce and noble competitor and a creature dedicated to family - ring true to the core spirit of the BBHS community. For 67 years, we have been a community fostering deep and lasting friendships, special memories, and relationships that our students, alumni, families and staff treasure forever. We are so excited to watch our current and future students carry on this tradition as Bears well into the future.

We are grateful for your patience and grace through this transition process and are especially thankful to our Student Moniker Engagement Committee, the Moniker Advisory Committee, our student Legacy Council, and all those who assisted in this endeavor. For more information on our process, please visit our website

You will see many of our new Bears logos on our website and social media today and in the weeks to come. Our spirit store has Bears merchandise in stock, with more designs in production. We invite you to join us as we finish this school year with hope for the future, and a focus on all things BEAR! Our students will continue to be involved in bringing our mascot to life and building on our BBHS traditions throughout this semester and beyond.

God Bless and Go Bears!

Tony DeSapio

Watch the reveal!

Moniker Announcement - Student Experience

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  • Moniker Review Committee

    Moniker Review Committee Members
    (in alphabetical order)

    Iisaaksiichaa Ross Braine, Tribal Liaison at the University of Washington
    Antonio DeSapio, BBHS President
    Ramona Emerson, BBHS Board of Directors
    Leoma James ‘13, BBHS Board of Directors
    Robert Lukevich ‘04, BBHS Assistant Director of Development
    Jesse McFeron ‘96, BBHS Faculty
    Korrie Miller, BBHS Board of Directors
    Michael Pierce, ‘86 BBHS Director of Admissions
    Jack Peterson, Facilitator to the committee, Managing for Mission

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  • Moniker Advisory Committee

    Mary Williams Beard, BBHS Director of Development, Parent ’21, Alum ‘81
    Tony DeSapio, BBHS President
    Michelle Carrasquilla Landin, BBHS Faculty: Fine Arts, Department Chair
    Julie Gallaudet, BBHS Director of Marketing and Communications, Marketing Committee, Parent ‘17, ‘18, ‘21, ‘23
    Sean Gaskill, BBHS Athletic Director, Head Coach Golf, Alum ’02
    Kelley Kane, BBHS Assistant to the President, Marketing Committee, Parent '21, '22, '24
    Laura Meaux, BBHS Director of Educational Technology, ASB Advisor, Marketing Committee, Alum ’01
    Korrie Miller, BBHS Board of Directors, Mission Committee
    Yvette Moy, BBHS Board of Directors, Marketing Committee, Parent ‘20, ‘25
    Meghan Novak, Marketing Committee, Parent '21, '24
    Karen Rich, Marketing Committee, Parent ‘24
    Ian Turner, BBHS Faculty: Math, Head Coach Tennis Team, Assistant Coach Cross Country, Junior Class Moderator, Alum ‘10

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  • Student Moniker Engagement Committee

    Class of 2022
    Tiffany Blanco 
    Owen Duffy 
    Patrick Hunt 
    Macadam McLaughlin 
    Lauren Parker 
    Josephine Partridge
    Isaac Stevens 
    Avery Tacazon
    Maren Wegley 
    Grace Westling
    Sophie Yuen

    Class of 2023
    Tomas Audejaitis 
    Joseph Fesalbon
    Charlotte Gallaudet 
    Jackie Hollomon 
    Sly Marona 
    William Shelton 

    Class of 2024
    Maggie Bratrud 
    Joseph Kane 
    Rachel McAllister 
    Portia Zeisner

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  • BBHS Legacy Council

    Kira Bifone '22
    Natasha Drewry '22
    Valerie Heckel '22
    Josephine Partridge '22
    Isaac Hartin Pasco '22

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