Why a G instead of a P?
It bothered me a lot back then, that Pleasant Grove used a G instead of a P. It just didn't make sense to me. I was doing some research online today and I think I may have come across the answer. In the high school's early years, their mascot was known as the Pleasant Grove "Grover." in 1959, the mascot was changed to the "Valkyrie" and eventually became the "Viking" which is the mascot today.
The hillsides and mountainsides of Utah and other western states are adorned with big block letters...like the Block U of the University of Utah and the giant Y above Brigham Young University. Lately I have wondered why there are so many of them? I wasn't even aware there was a term for such things...Mountain Monograms. A definition from Wikipedia states "Hillside letters or mountain monograms are a form of geoglyph (more specifically hill figures) common in the American West. These are typically created and maintained by schools and towns. Ranging in size from a few feet to hundreds of feet tall, they are an important part of western culture, symbols of school pride and community identity. Water towers play a similar role in other parts of the country. There is a popular myth that hillside letters were built so that early pilots could identify towns from the air in order to drop off "air mail."
Berkley's Big "C"...The First Mountain Monogram
According to online sources, the first three mountain monograms erected were due to class rivalries at universities. The first letter was built in 1905 on Charter Hill overlooking the UC Berkley campus as a means of ending an unruly rivalry between the classes of 1907 and 1908.
The "Block U."
A few weeks following the (1905) building of the Berkley "C," class rivalry between the sophomore and freshman classes of the University of Utah produced a hillside "U."