School Motto and Crest
Our Motto: Today Well Lived
The motto "Today well lived" seems to be all that is left of an inscription in the very first (1928) BHHS yearbook, The Watchtower.
The inscription read:
EACH TO-DAY WELL LIVED MAKES
EVERY YESTERDAY A DREAM OF
HAPPINESS AND EVERY TOMORROW
A VISION OF HOPE
It is part of a Sanskrit Proverb: "Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this day."
Although the school was established in 1927, our official crest was not developed until 1966.
In September of 1965, Mr. Gary Mercado of Josten's jewelry company began his research into Beverly's history and tradition, and by February, 1966, the seal had been adopted by the school.
We call ourselves the Normans, so the coat of arms included a lion on an orange backdrop, representing the lion of William the Conqueror, the greatest Norman.
The atomic symbol, red on silver, represented science; the Greek masks of Comedy and Tragedy symbolized the arts; and the green shamrock in the center represented Mr. James L. Kennedy, who spearheaded the establishment of Beverly Hills High School in 1927.
The crest was updated to the current version in 2020.