Announcing the Vel Phillips Middle School Phoenix

School mascot, colors, and logo focus on joining together as one community

The Oshkosh Area School District is proud to announce that Vel Phillips Middle School’s official mascot will be the Phoenix and its colors will be blue and gold. 

Future Vel Phillips Middle School students, families, and staff, as well as the entire Oshkosh community, were invited to submit mascot suggestions during an initial community survey in 2021. The top recommendations were pared down and a final survey was distributed to future students and staff. After collecting 485 responses, the Phoenix was selected by an overwhelming 66% percent. Once selected, school and District leaders worked with Bray Architects to develop a comprehensive school branding package that included incorporating the mascot and colors into a new school logo. 

The school’s colors, blue and gold, were selected to honor the original colors of both Merrill and Webster Stanley Middle Schools. These school communities will join together as Vel Phillips Middle School in the 2023-24 school year. In December 2021, the OASD Board of Education approved naming the new middle school after Vel Phillips, a civil rights leader, legal pioneer, and philanthropist. 

“This is an exciting time for our school community,” said Principal Kristi Levy. “As we develop the identifying features of Vel Phillips Middle School we are focused on honoring our past, present, and future. The phoenix represents our ability to transform and truly be stronger together.”

The phoenix mascot and school colors are centerpieces of the school logo, which is available below and on the District’s Building Our Future webpage. The logo features an inspiring phoenix, alive with movement and character. 

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The construction of Vel Phillips Middle School is part of the $107 million capital referendum that the Oshkosh community supported in November of 2020. It is included in phase one of the district’s multi-phase, long-range facilities plan to improve and modernize district schools. The Merrill Middle and Webster Stanley Middle school communities will join together as Vel Phillips Middle School, set to open for the 2023-2024 school year. Kristi Levy, current principal at both Merrill and Webster middle schools, was named principal of the new school in July 2021. A new elementary school will be built on the current Webster Stanley site once Vel Phillips Middle School is completed. Visit the District's Building Our Future webpage for the latest facilities news and updates.