A wolf pack is forming in Elkhorn.

After months of work, the newest high school in Elkhorn has a mascot and accompanying colors. The Elkhorn school board unanimously selected wolves Monday as the mascot, and black, silver and bright blue as the school’s colors.

Elkhorn North High School, the future home of the wolves, is under construction at 180th Street and West Maple Road.

Wolves vanquished the other mascot finalists, eagles and nighthawks, for the honor of representing the high school.

The mascots for the district’s two other high schools are the Antlers (Elkhorn High) and the Storm (Elkhorn South High).

The district broke ground on the new high school earlier this summer. The $78.5 million, 1,200-capacity school is expected to open in August 2020.

With the mascot and colors selected, the district will now work on logos. Superintendent Bary Habrock said the logo might be harder than narrowing the number of mascot choices from about 170 to one.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Habrock said.

The hope is to have an image finalized by the middle of next month.

At Monday’s meeting, the school board also approved purchasing agreements for land to build the district’s fifth middle school and 12th elementary school.

The school district is purchasing 54 acres near 186th and Ida Streets for about $2.7 million. The middle school and elementary school will both be built on the land.

The elementary school is scheduled to be open in 2020 and the middle school in 2021.

The new schools, including the high school, are projects in Elkhorn’s $149.6 million bond program that passed by wide margins in March.

Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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