At first glance, Andy Dekaney High School, located in Houston, Texas, appears to have nothing in common with the University of Kentucky. However, upon closer inspection, a couple of major similarities arise.
First, their official school color is a royal blue; suspiciously similar to that UK blue we all know and love. Secondly, their team mascot is a wildcat. Now we’re on to something. All of this could be a major coincidence; after all, the color blue and the wildcat mascot are fairly common among high school teams.
As it turns out, it is no coincidence that the Dekaney High School mascot is a wildcat and their school color is blue. The late Andy Dekaney, the eponym of this high school, was the father of alumnus Josh Dekaney ’96 FA. After serving on the Spring School District Board for 17 years, the school honored Andy Dekaney by naming the school after him.
Apparently, Andy Dekaney influenced more than just the name; he also chose the school colors and mascot.
“When the school district was picking colors, he recommended blue and white and the wildcat mascot because I attended the University of Kentucky and his favorite color was blue,” says Josh Dekaney. ”He really became a UK Wildcat fan because of my time there.”
Josh Dekaney, a native of Houston, attended UK because of the excellent percussion program.
“Professor James B. Campbell has built a powerhouse percussion program at UK,” says Josh Dekaney. “He was one of the main reasons I went to school there. UK was a good fit for me.”
Today, Josh Dekaney teaches percussion at Syracuse University.
Although Dekaney High School is young, it is already a powerhouse in Texas high school football, winning the Texas 5A Division II State Championship this year.
Thanks, Josh, for sharing your Wildcat pride with your father. We’re glad to know there’s a piece of bluegrass in the Lone Star State!