Our KOE Mascot, the Coyote

coyote_b_100px.jpgThe coyote, Canis latrans, is our school mascot.  

The coyote is a member of the dog family and is native to California. They are found throughout the state, from desert and mountain habitats to urban areas.

Coyotes resemble a small German shepherd dog except for their long snout and bushy, black-tipped tail. Their coyote_100px.jpghigh-pitched, yodel-like yapping can frequently be heard at night.  Coyotes are extremely adaptable and can survive on whatever food is available. Coyotes are central figures in Native American myths, including those of Northern California’s Ohlone, Miwok and Pomo peoples.

 

About Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School

"If you have the feeling that something is wrong,
don't be afraid to speak up."
- Fred T. Korematsu

 

korematsu2_b.jpgFred T. Korematsu Elementary School at Mace Ranch is Davis’ newest elementary school, opening for students in August 2006.  

The school is named in honor of Oakland native and civil rights activist Fred T. Korematsu (1919-2005).  

A Japanese-American shipyard welder at the beginning of World War II, Mr. Korematsu challenged the federal government’s war order to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps.

Mr. Korematsu was arrested and lost a legal challenge in a 1944 Supreme Court decision but was vindicated decades later by the overturn of his conviction in 1982.  He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1998.

In 2010, the California legislature recognized Mr. Korematsu’s January 30 birthday as a special day of significance in which schools are urged to honor his memory.