Now that the ever-so-important (tongue-firmly-in-cheek) passing league season is over, I think it's time for some trivial threads. As such, here is my first effort at such:
I believe it was in the "Coaching Carousel" thread that someone mentioned that there are administrators in the Peoria District in-favor of creating "super schools" a la the Chandler District; in essence you're talking about school consolidation, which got me thinking how such a model would look in the Peoria District and beyond. A semi-logical model of making this work would go accordingly...
-Your primary factor driving this has to be geography; in the Peoria District it doesn't make much sense to have Liberty and Kellis folded into one school, whereas it's pretty logical for Liberty and Sunrise Mountain to get merged.
-The next most important factor would be enrollment-I'm trying to keep enrollments "balanced" as much as possible, and I am taking projections into consideration as well. When I have knowledge of the matter I will call-out specific enrollment shifts I'd anticipate to make this happen (i.e. changes in feeder schools).
-To address concerns over the loss of administrators/staff, you can minimize this to a degree by utilizing a split-campus model-one of the consolidated schools will be the campus for juniors and seniors, and the other would be the frosh/soph campus.
-I've included new school names, mascots, and details that I find amusing. I make no promises that you will get the same amount of amusement from these that I do.
So with no further adieu, here we go:
Peoria and Kellis ----> Pioneer Padres; the school name is in honor of the city's pioneer past, and their logo will be a cartoon caricature of Doug Clapp dressed as Friar Tuck
Centennial, Cactus, Ironwood ----> Dos Ranchos Desperados; I picked the "Dos Ranchos" name based on the Marshall Ranch and Longhorn Ranch subdivisions feeding into this school-their logo is Don Henley in full bandito gear (again, a cartoon caricature)
Liberty and Sunrise Mountain ----> Pleasant Valley Patriots; name is fairly self-explanatory since both schools are located in the gateway to Lake Pleasant, while their logo is a deflated football. Pleasant Valley will feature a strong sponsorship relationship with Uggs (they will feature wool-lined cleats), and their spiritline will be known as the Giselle Bundch.
General Notes: To help make enrollment figures line-up southern feeders from Centennial and Ironwood (Murphy, Sundance, etc) will be diverted to Pioneer, and I'm also assuming that Liberty's high projected enrollment come to fruition. This is also where I will say that these general break-downs probably won't happen for all of these.
GLENDALE UNION DISTRICT
Apollo, Independence, Glendale ----> Valley West Vulcans; my shout-out to the not-so-dearly departed Valley West Mall. We're working on getting the image of Leonard Nimoy as Spock as the logo here, though budget concerns in Glendale might result in Zachary Quinto's take on The Logical One in its place; if money really gets tight we'll have to resurrect the career of Michael Fishman from Roseanne and dress him as Spock (he might even appear at games).
Moon Valley, Cortez, Greenway ----> Metro Matadors; best logo I can think of is Cortez-alum Alice Cooper in Spanish bull-fighter garb.
Thunderbird, Sunnyslope, Washington ----> North Mountain Mountaineers; this one's pretty matter-of-fact.
DEER VALLEY DISTRICT
Mountain Ridge, Deer Valley, Goldwater ----> Arrowhead Aztecs. Deer Valley's campus will become a junior high school with the mascot of "Outlaws" (because I can't resist, Part I).
O'Connor, Anthem ----> North Valley Knights; again, pretty matter-of-fact here.
PARADISE VALLEY DISTRICT
Pinnacle, North Canyon ----> I can't think of anything. Get creative with this one.
Paradise Valley, Horizon ----> Northridge Norsemen, with a Thor rip-off as a logo.
Chaparral, Desert Mountain ----> McCormick Millionaires (because I can't resist, Part II).
Saguaro, Coronado, Arcadia ----> Scottsdale Beavers; since I've resurrected Scottsdale High I grant permission for all to call these guys the Zombeavers.
That's as far as I got, though I do think it's a good start. Someone who has a better knowledge of the Southeast Valley can apply similar thinking accordingly, or if you have more passion for the Tolleson schools than I do I invite you to do the same. You can also scold me for 1) wasting your time; 2) having no life; or 3) for hating farmers-that seems to be par for the course.