Hoffman Estates High’s hawk gets makeover as 50th anniversary year ends

A makeover for longtime mascot Hercules the Hawk was revealed Wednesday during the final student assembly of Hoffman Estates High School’s 50th anniversary year.

The assembly began with a collection for a time capsule to be opened in 2074, culminating with the old Hercules’ head — as he jokingly was “revealed” to be the school’s webmaster, Jeff Bird.

  The old Hercules the Hawk mascot made a final appearance Wednesday as Hoffman Estates High School unveiled a made-over version during an assembly Wednesday. Joe Lewnard/

The four other school mascots of Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 then preceded the debut of the new-look Hercules. Like them, he now bears a friendlier appearance, as well as the school’s blue and orange colors.

Making a final appearance in the new costume was the school’s most recent “real” Hercules, revealed to be graduating senior Rachel Wickey.

  Hoffman Estates High School unveiled its new Hercules the Hawk mascot, portrayed by senior Rachel Wickey, during an assembly on Wednesday. Joe Lewnard/
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