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Traditions

THE NICKNAME

An essay contest sponsored by the Ann Arbor News, generated the name Pioneers.  The first prize was $5 and was awarded to Richard Mann.

THE SCHOOL NAME

Ann Arbor High School changed its name to Ann Arbor Pioneer in 1969 at the time Ann Arbor Huron opened.  This name change would help distinguish between the two high schools.

THE CURRENT SITE

Ann Arbor Public Schools purchases 200 acres of property from the University of Michigan.  The cost of the site was $170,000.  The site was previously used by the University of Michigan as a golf course.  The foundation for the golf course office is still up behind the left field fence of the varsity baseball diamond.

SCHOOL COLORS

In 1901 the school colors were designated as purple and white.  Purple is a “sign of might” and white is “the sign of truth and honor.”

BLOCK AA

The block AA symbolizes Ann Arbor.  Each high school uses the block AA, but in different colors.

WOODY MASCOT

In 1997 in an effort to increase school spirit the mascot costume was purchased.  It was named Woody to represent the outdoors.

SCHOOL SONG 

“Push On”

Push on, Ann Arbor, we’re here to stay,

Backing you all the way, Rah! Rah! Rah!

Purple for valor, white for the true,

Stand by the school that stands by you.

Push on to victory, fight all the way,

Cheer for your school today.  Ann Arbor!

Valor and truth will win any fray,

Push on to victory, Ann Arbor!

ALMA MATER

Lo, when a king comes forth in glory,

purple are his robes and white:

White is a sing of truth and honor,

purple is the sing of might.

Then hail!  All hail!  To the Purple and the White.

To the grand old colors, that stand for what is right.

Then Cheer!  All Cheer! For the school we love so true.

And though we wander far, Ann Arbor High,

Our heart will turn back to you.