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June 19, 2024

Mascot makeover

Photos by Samantha Bengtson
Former art teacher Dale Garman (above, far left) and Greenfield Link Crew members crowd around to take a closer look at Bruno II.

Below, Greenfield High School Principal Frank Lynch reveals the new mascot.

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School recently unveiled a new bronze mascot, named Bruno II, in front of the school with help from the Greenfield Link Crew, school board trustees, superintendent and principal.

The Greenfield Bruins’ Bruno has been part of the school since 2005, when then art teacher Dale Garman along with students from the Class of 2005, Bruins Athletics, Jose and Eliseo Silva and the Greenfield ASB worked to complete the mascot. After 13 years, Bruno suffered from heat and wind damage that caused the sculpture to not look its best.

Work on Bruno II continued over last weekend when school maintenance workers poured concrete and painted the statue for its revealing the following Monday morning, Aug. 27.

“We went through several sculptors, found a lot of prices that were high and some that were reasonable,” said Principal Frank Lynch. “We hope that we have found a permanent replacement for Bruno here in Bruno II.”

The mascot was funded through donations from Wells Fargo, the Class of 2018 and various donors.

According to Lynch, Bruno II appears more aggressive than its predecessor and he is hopeful that students are able to rally behind it.

“The new mascot is definitely smaller, more aggressive and is a more realistic looking Bruno,” said Kimberly Zazueta, a Greenfield Link Crew member.

Fellow member Matthew Cortez loves the new mascot, saying that it brings a brand new look to the school.

“I feel like if people saw this coming to school for games, they would be in shock,” Cortez said. “You don’t really see statues like that anywhere, so it’s truly cool to have a new mascot that was better than the last one.”