Fight song a mystery

Erin Fox, Managing Editor

The Cal High fight song is a mystery. It’s author, year of origin, and lyrics of the song are unknown. In a poll taken by 230 students and faculty, 12 percent, or 43 people, did not know any words to the song, or that it even existed.

Since the true meaning of the words have been lost through the generations, I have taken the burden upon myself to decode the fight song as follows:

The opening words of the song blatantly state the obvious, “We are California High School.” No duh.

The next line, “Grizzlies ready for attack” is accurate, but in the context of ferocious grizzlies, “maim” is a more appropriate verb choice.

This is followed by “Big C means to fight and strive” but seriously, who refers to this school as “Big C”? Nobody, that’s who.

Also, who was the person in charge of deciding the school colors and thought it would be fun to torment kids by forcing them to wear Halloween colors all year round? “And win for orange and black.”

“Fight! Fight! Fight!” promotes violence and I will not stand for it.

Although “Grizzlies are forever watching” is meant to intimidate our rivals, in reality it just sounds creepy. In a way it’s reminiscent of Santa Claus, who sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake.

“Day by day we prowl.” Through what? The hallways?

“And when we hear the song, you know you can’t go wrong” is false. A lot could go wrongsuch as continuing to sing.

“From our lair we fiercely growl!” Yes, Cal has a secret lair. It is accessible through the trapdoor in the auditorium.

And finally, the only part of the song that everybody knows: “Growl, hey! Growl, hey! Grrrrowlllll!”

The entirety of the song is mostly unknown to most of the student body, except for those part of leadership and the song and cheer squads.

The fight song is traditionally sung after touchdowns in football and cheerleaders often find themselves unaccompanied by the audience seated at the bleachers.

Now, it is mainly used as part of the introduction ceremony at freshmen orientation, a wrap-up for GNN or unenthusiastic pep rallies.

“I always thought the song was a bit silly” said junior Jordan Bumanlag, “but I guess that’s what makes it fun.”

The fight song is indeed silly, but students would greatly benefit by actually learning it in the first place.