The fightin’ Scholars

Driving on Schaefer Avenue in Chino recently, my attention was grabbed by Edwin Rhodes Elementary‘s slogan: “Home of the Scholars.” Rhodes Scholars, get it? It was a Saturday, so I pulled into the lot and snapped a photo.

Edwin Rhodes, I learned, was a long-ago banker, newspaper publisher and history buff from Chino who died in 1952. While it’s Cecil Rhodes who founded the scholarship program, it makes for a good name, almost as good as Whittier College’s Poets.

Rhodes opened in 2003. Its mascot is Rhodie, described by the school as “a pencil toting, grad-cap wearing, diploma-come-to-life.”

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