Tiger Nation signs promote district unity
You’ve seen the signs in yards throughout the neighborhood—Heights Tiger Nation. The slogan with the face of a tiger has popped up on T-shirts, cups and hats. But some people do not have a clue what Tiger Nation means.
Around 2010, CH-UH City School District leaders were looking for a way to encourage district unity. They wanted all CH-UH students, families, staff members, and residents to feel pride in their district. They understood that to feel a connection with others who have shared experiences helps build unity and a sense of belonging.
At about the same time, the words “Tiger Nation” started appearing on district spirit-wear, marketing materials, gift items and exterior signs. Many of the district’s schools encouraged students and staff to wear Tiger Nation gear. The popular yard signs started appearing a few years later, in neighborhoods throughout the community. Thus, the tiger went districtwide; it became everyone’s mascot.
“When I first came here, I immediately saw how everyone embraces Tiger Nation,” said Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby. “I love that students from kindergarten to high school, alumni, families, staff, and merchants show their pride by wearing and displaying Tiger Nation gear.”
Reaching Heights supports Tiger Nation in many ways, including as a distributor of Tiger Nation yard signs. If you would like to join the Tiger Nation, contact Reaching Heights at 216-932-5110 to purchase a yard sign for $10, with proceeds going to the PTA of your choice.
You can also purchase Tiger Nation gear on the school district website, under Shop Heights Gear.
Krista Hawthorne is executive director of Reaching Heights, and a proud and grateful Heights Tiger.