What's a Jayhawk?
Head-Royce has one of the more unique athletic mascots in California: the Jayhawk.
But what is a Jayhawk?
There actually is no real bird called a Jayhawk. Jayhawk is a term that came to be used just before the Civil War, in Kansas. “Jayhawkers” were groups affiliated with the movement to make Kansas a free-state. After the war, the term became synonymous with the people of Kansas. Eventually, the Jayhawk was adopted as the school mascot for the University of Kansas.
The name is a combination of two actual bird names: the blue jay (known as a noisy and quarrelsome bird that robs from others' nests), and the sparrow hawk (known as a stealthy hunter).
Why the Jayhawks?
After the Anna Head School for Girls became co-educational through the creation of the Josiah Royce School for Boys, the new Head-Royce School needed a mascot. The students came up with three strong options: Roadrunners, Rockets, and Jayhawks. Eventually, the students selected Jayhawks, in large part due to the uniqueness of the nickname. The University of Kansas is the only NCAA school that uses Jayhawk as a mascot. Head-Royce is believed to be one of only 8 high schools in the nation with Jayhawk as its mascot.