Dixon High Says Bye to Black

In an effort to go back to school tradition, black will no longer be the main color on home uniforms for all DHS sports teams.

Anyone who knows anything about Dixon High can tell you that black has been part of the school's uniforms for quite some time.

But in a move to take Dixon High School back to tradition, Principal John Barsotti has made the decision to exclude black as the main panel color of home uniforms.

Barsotti said that the school’s official colors are green and white, and black is an accent color. Barsotti said that the school will eventually replace the uniforms, but it will not happen soon because of lean financial times.

Accent colors will still be allowed on the uniforms, but Barsotti said that the colors on the main panels of the uniforms will be green or white. In addition, black will also be welcomed on school apparel, just not team uniforms.

The decision has upset some students at  

“I feel like its not really taking away a color, it’s more like taking away a part of our school identity,” said Sierra Graham, a 15-year-old sophomore at Dixon High. “The fact that he removed a school color is upsetting.”

Graham said that many of her classmates feel the same way, and some don’t know if the school can afford to replace the uniforms.

But some people in town remember when there was no black on the uniforms and green and white were the only colors representing Dixon. When black was first introduced to the school uniform, some raised concerns back then some said.

Some people see it as a return to tradition, others see it as a taking away from school pride.

Where do you stand on this issue? Comment and vote in our poll to let your voice be heard.

Randy Davis March 08, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I would think that the Principal has more important things to work on than this. It's just one more thing to create controversy and division.
Christopher Fong March 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Why announce the change in colors now when the Principal himself indicated that the change will not occur anytime soon due to lean financial times? Seems like smoke and mirrors to create the image of some sort of improvement to the sports program rather than actual improvement to the sports program. This is like how when Mike Nolan was coach for the 49ers, he insisted on returning to tradition by wearing a suit on the sidelines during games. Yes it is a turn back to a more professional attire but it did nothing for the team. It was all about Mike Nolan.
Gary Erwin March 08, 2012 at 05:16 PM
If you were old school, aka an adult who grew up in Dixon. You would remember the ol Green and White and feel diffrentl.
John Coelho March 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Great news. The all black look is terrible. For football - green jerseys, white pants, green helmet with a white ram horn. Back to tradition!
Gary Erwin March 08, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Must also mention that black does not show well on video or in photography and if anyone on the team wants a scholarship for football why not make it easy on those having to review you games?
Jamie Myers March 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I'm very pleased with many of the "unpopular" decisions Mr. Barsotti has made at DHS and believe he truly has our student's best interests at heart. He has made some incredible strides and I'm grateful for his impact on our kids and in the school system. That being said, maybe I'm missing an important point here, but it seems silly to me that he would choose this "battle" to fight when there are so many bigger issues to deal with in behavior, discipline, academics, school facilities and more... It's not 20 years ago - it's 2012. Throw the kids a bone - let them have their black - and worry about more important things.
Marcy van der Linden March 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I like the new uniforms. Who is gonna get all the grass and blood stains out of white football pants? Oh I guess the school is going to have a laundry service handle the cleaning of the "old school" uniforms! Yeah and this new Principal Barsotti does have better things to do, like standing out by the entrance of the school and parking area for the students. I've seen students racing down towards the school and blowing the STOP SIGN everyday! When is something going to be done about this? When there is a serious wreck or some crossing the street in the crosswalk gets ran over and killed! This is more important then changing these darn uniforms back to the original look.. Come on people think about the cost of new uniforms, its gonna cost a lot and they are having a hard time raising money for the sports programs and their tournament fees....
Luella Guaydacan March 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I've been told by history buffs that the original colors at Dixon High were Purple and Gold. The school got a great deal on uniforms and we became Green and White. As an old alumni (and I mean old), graduated in 1960, I remember being upset when they added the black, it was not Dixon's colors, but like any change, you get used to it. It really doesn't matter to me now, either way is fine. If we are bringing back tradition, it is too bad Red Finney isn't alive, we could bring him back as football coach, now that would be an awesome thing!
ram fan March 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Now all we need is a new football coach! Why are we sticking with this coach again?
Tank 65' March 08, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Mr Barsotti, are we keeping the football coach around because he obeys the iron fist of Crumbpacker? This town wants a change. You made the change in Basketball and with the school colors, make a change and hire a real football coach.
Carlos Villatoro March 09, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Guys please stay on topic, and keep the comments free of personal attacks. thanks.
Concern Parent Club March 09, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Bring back Black it will match the Black Eye the softball team had against Marysville. After the game the girls had to line up on left field line to run sprints for the 12 errors they had. But 4 girls did not because they got a hit. That's what you call being a Team. The interisting part was those 4 girls caused some of the errors. What a Black eye for the softball TEAM. Great Job Coaches
Will Staiger March 09, 2012 at 06:31 AM
I'm a student at DHS. A lot of students aren't happy about the changes Mr. Barsotti is proposing, this being one of them. My family has been in Dixon for a long time, and during my great aunt's time at DHS, the school colors were purple and gold. So, why not go back to this, if we are going to follow traditions, and repaint the entire school? The proposed change is no more ridiculous. Black is a far more practical primary color than green or white would be. The swim and water polo teams can't use white as a primary or secondary color. White swimsuits are a big faux pas - they quickly become less-than opaque. If swim and water polo wouldn't look quite the same as other sports programs, wouldn't that hurt our school identity? What if the cheerleader's uniforms wear out before the football team's do, and we have green and white-clad cheerleaders cheering on football players in green and black? This is also a huge issue for band, whose uniform colors are primarily green and black and are seldom replaced and very expensive. Stains are also a huge issue on white, and green certainly doesn't show up better than black on a grass background (just look at marching band field shows). And then there's the issue of school-related apparel. Sweatshirts and t-shirts for Dixon high are almost always black. Green doesn't go with anything, and white gets dirty too fast. Black is a color of intimidation as well as class and sophistication, and if the student body prefers it, why change it?
Will Staiger March 09, 2012 at 06:32 AM
In fact, many students have agreed to demonstrate their disapproval by wearing black to school this Friday - on Facebook alone, 314 students have agreed to dress in black for BLACKOUT Friday. We are not happy that this decision is being made without our input, and want to demonstrate our collective voice about this and other issues. Black doesn't make our academic performance drop. It doesn't make us act poorly around campus. Students are comfortable in black. So what is Mr. Barsotti's reasoning behind this change? We, the students, should have a say in the way we look when we're out there competing against other schools. With so many other changes proposed, we deserve this one simple consistency.
Jamie Myers March 09, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Well said, Will! Concerned Parent, Ram Fan and Tank 65... stick to the subject here. Quit hiding behind fake names and anonymously posting comments like a hurt bully who doesn't know how else to react to disappointment or not getting your way. If you have an issue with a coach - go discuss it in person with the coach like a mature adult. Gossiping to the public doesn't solve any problems. Adults in Dixon need to learn to show respect, act civilly and teach our students how to handle problems appropriately and professionally by talking to the person you have an issue with. Be an example.
Marcy van der Linden March 09, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Nice statement Will I totally agree with you!
Troy Sorensen March 10, 2012 at 05:20 AM
As an 1980 Alumni who wore the Green and White proudly while winning Two Section Championships and the Black,White, and Green while guiding the 2011 JV Baseball Team to a Championship. I personally like the Black we could wear Pink for all I care bottom line is lets get back to a winning Tradition if you want Tradition I would prefer winning over any color!
Randy Davis March 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Great comment Troy!
Amanda B March 10, 2012 at 06:27 PM
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/03/09/students-create-black-out-at-dixon-high-school-in-protest/ I am proud of these kids for taking a stand! I would love to see the principal direct his energies to larger and more important issues, instead of picking a minor skirmish such as this. Seems like politicial grandstanding that accomplishes nothing. I heard Winters rode him out of town on a rail... looks like he is asking for the same thing here in Dixon.
Make Your Own Luck April 05, 2012 at 06:04 AM
There is no championship at the jv level... Btw, your comment "winning tradition" would leave one to believe that Dixon has consisitently won in the past. Not true. Never consistently. Not unless your talking about boys soccer. In that case, you could say that there is a winning tradition in boys soccer. Otherwise, a winning season here and there, doesnt euqal a "winning tradition."
Tiffany Barton July 06, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Now the cheer uniforms don't Match the football uniforms as an incoming freshman and already on the cheer team j am concerned that DHS is going to be looked down on if our uniforms don't match. Our school is known for our amazing uniforms and now we have messed that up. Way to go mr. Barsotti


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