Spartans | Chosen as the RHS school name by students in 1931, signifies Courage, Valour, Efficiency, Endurance, and Strength.
“Spartans” is the name that has been given to representatives of Richmond High School in inter-school affairs.
several years there had been much discussion about selecting a name for
the school, but it was not until 1931 that any definite action was
taken. A school-wide contest was held and several names were submitted.
Two requirements in choosing the name were that it should be both
appropriate and original. It could not be the name of any school near
Richmond. Such names as Tigers and Dragons appealed to some students,
but Excelsior was already the Tigers, and Cameron claimed the name
Dragons; Carrolton already called themselves Trojans; and Liberty had
already taken the name Blue Jays. When the day for voting came, the name
Spartans was chosen almost unanimously.
Spartans was considered
appropriate because the term implies undaunted courage and extreme
valour. The name also suggests such qualities as hard work, efficiency,
endurance, and great strength. The name was officially announced by W.
Roy Groce at the big victory bonfire after the Richmond-Excelsior
football game on November 21 of that year. Now the Spartans take their
place alongside the Trojans, Dragons, and Tigers on all occasions.
note: The pass called Thermopylae was the only means by which a hostile
army might penetrate from the north into Southern Greece. It is
celebrated as the scene of the defense by King Leonidas and the 300
Spartans of the Palace Guard against the vast host of Xerxes in August
480 BC. The Persians, driven on by whips, were at first painfully
unsuccessful in taking the pass with frontal attacks, but in the end
were able to do so because they were shown a path over the mountains and
were able to attack the Spartans from the rear as well as the front.
During the second frontal attempt to take the pass, some 10,000 of the
mightiest Persian warriors, the elite, dubbed the “Immortals,” were no
match for the 300 Spartans, who lost few that day, while the Persian
losses on both days were excessive. The Spartans' last stand, under King
Leonidas, and the way in which they defended the pass with swords, and
with their bare hands and the jaw bones of dead animals when their
swords were chipped and broken, until the last of them, surrounded on
all sides, were buried under a shower of arrows and overwhelmed, is one
of the greatest episodes of heroism in history, and it gave the rest of
the Greek army time to organize and save Greece from the remainder of
the Persian army. The ancient Spartan warrior believed that he must
proudly carry his shield home from battle in victory, or else die
valiantly in battle and be carried home on his shield.
there has been much controversy over which Spartan emblem is the
official logo of Richmond High School. Most people view this as a battle
because everyone thinks the official logo should be the Spartan head
used during their time at this school. But we should view the change of
Spartan heads as an evolution in the school, not as a battle amongst
ourselves. People should wear their Spartan gear proudly, no matter what
era you're from, and view a change in logo as a symbol of the Spartans
from this generation. In the end it doesn't matter which Spartan head
you prefer to use to show your Spartan Pride, as long as you show it.