COUNCIL BLUFFS — When students at Kirn Elementary School return to school on Monday, they’ll no longer be the Kirn Eagles.
They’ll be the Kirn Lynx.
But the change isn’t a last minute one — it’s something that’s been in conversation for several years now.
School administrators say early talks about changing the mascot started about four or five years ago.
A committee, comprised of Kirn teachers and school administrators, came together to discuss the idea of adopting the Abraham Lincoln High School mascot.
The reason for the change, said Melanie Shellberg, assistant principal at Kirn, was to build more continuity between the middle school and Abraham Lincoln High School.
“We want our students to see themselves as high school students and as graduates at Abraham Lincoln,” she said. “And this seemed like a logical step.”
Jeff Novotny, assistant principal and activities director at Abraham Lincoln, agreed the change seemed like a logical one — and one that the high school fully supports.
Kirn Middle School isn’t the only school with a more direct connection to Abraham Lincoln.
College View Elementary School was the first to adopt the same viewpoint when they made the Little Lynx their mascot when the school opened for the 2011-12 school year. College View is currently the only elementary school that feeds into Abraham Lincoln High School that has adopted the Little Lynx mascot.