School Mascot & Song


In 1923, KHS students were asked to submit names for a school mascot.  35 names were suggested, then the Student Advisory Board narrowed it down to 4.  The final vote by all students was:

  1. Bearcats - 206
  2. Buffaloes - 138
  3. Wolverines - 92
  4. Kubs - 51
Hence, Kearney High became "Home of the Bearcats!"

In 1937, Elizabeth Cummings, a former KHS choral director, wrote the school song with the help of 2 senior students, Pauline (Freeman) Goodwin, and Janet (Coussins) Coleman.  Music for the song was composed by senior Harold Keiss .'Spirit of KHS" was adopted as the official school song in 1937.

You have to remember the tune, but here are the lyrics:

Spirit of KHS

  • Oh, Kearney High, to you we'll always be true,
  • You are the best school in the land.
  • Our colors waving high, bright golden and blue,
  • For your ideals we'll always stand.
  • And as we onward go to fame and renown,
  • Our loyalty will never die.
  • To you we sing
  • Our homage bring
  • Oh, hail to you, oh Kearney High.
  • With a K, with an E, and an A-R-N-E-Y,
  • With an H, with an I, with an H-I-G-H, High

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