The phoenix flying over the gym bleachers at Del Lago Academy in Escondido is an example of the graphic arts skills that students can learn at the science magnet, and an effort to build tradition at the 4-year-old high school.
The mural portrays the school’s mascot, the firebird, in vibrant shades of teal with fiery orange accents, and will include the school’s name and mottos in text beside it.
For Aled Anaya, the graphic design and digital arts teacher who planned and painted the mural, the project is also a way of contributing to the school district where he was educated.
“To me, this is very special, having been born and raised in Escondido,” said Anaya, a graduate of Escondido High School. “To have something that could possibly be permanent in the high school gym is me giving back to the community and this district.”