It's August 9, and Smokey Bear turns 72 years old today. OK, so the Smokey Bear we celebrate today isn't a real bear, but he did appear in advertisements for the first time on this date in 1944, and he's been instrumental in preventing forest fires and encouraging wilderness safety ever since. Occasionally people will ask us if American School has a mascot similar to Smokey Bear. Sadly, we do not, though it would be interesting to have an costumed eagle or owl or other animal in our booth at conventions when we promote our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses. Don't feel like you've burned through your chance to get a high school diploma. Enroll with us and let us help you earn a high school diploma at home. We look forward to the day you'll grin and bear it while holding your online or correspondence high school diploma from American School!