Marc's Distinctive High School Mascot Collection: A-E

Last Updated: January 1, 2018

Welcome to Part 1 of my collection of distinctive and unusual mascots of United States high school teams. This section includes schools starting with the letter A through E. New and updated information is denoted by animated images.

Abington Galloping Ghosts (PA) -- Honors early football great Red Grange, nicknamed the "Galloping Ghost," who was a teammate of a former coach at Abington. After a visit by Grange to the area in the 1950's, the high school decided to name its teams after him.

Academy of the Holy Family Marists (Baltic, CT) -- The school is owned and operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Catholic Church. "Marist" means "of or dedicated to the Virgin Mary."

Africentric Nubians (Columbus, OH) -- So named because of the school's focus on African-American culture. The Nubians were an ancient African tribe.

Alamosa Mean Moose (CO) -- Alamosa's nickname came to be by accident. Back in the early 1970s, Alamosa went by the nickname The Moose. The school's logo, as created by local cartoonist Charles Asay, featured a mean-looking moose. But when the school sent instructions to include the "mean moose" on basketball uniforms, the printer accidentally printed the words, "Mean Moose," rather than the logo. The name has stuck ever since.

A.L. Brown Wonders (Kannapolis, NC) -- This name transferred to the school from Kannapolis HS when it opened in 1952. The teams were as "Little Wonders" until the 1970s, when the "Little" was dropped because it was thought to project the wrong image.

Alexandria Valley Cubs (Anniston, AL) -- While the official name is "Valley Cubs," it is sometimes shortened to just "Cubs." Alexandria Elementary goes by "Little Cubs."

Algonac Muskrats (MI) -- Algonac Elementary uses the name "Mini Muskrats."

Alhambra Moors (CA) -- The city is named for the famous stronghold in Spain, which was built by the Moors of northwestern Africa.

Aliquippa Quips (PA) -- A "Quip" is a derivative of Aliquippa. This name was often used in place of the now-defunct Indian mascot at AHS.

Allegany Campers (Cumberland, MD) -- No one is really sure how "Campers" was adopted. The prevailing theory is the school was built on a site in town that is known as Campobello.

Alma Airedales (AR) -- The students and faculty selected the Airedale as the school mascot in 1932. According to the AHS website, the Airedale is often referred to as "King of the Terriers" because of its agility, courage, intelligence, loyalty, strength, and good athletic physique.

Alva Goldbugs (OK) -- This name was inspired by the school's principal in the 1920s. He was a great admirer of Edgar Allan Poe and especially liked Poe's "The Gold Bug." He conceived the idea of awarding paper goldbugs to outstanding and talented students. The name was soon applied to Alva's teams.

Amarillo Golden Sandstorm (TX) -- They are also known as the "Sandies." The name is based on a blinding sandstorm which blew through a 1920 baseball game, stopping play. The AHS baseball coach urged his team to play as if they were a sandstorm that could stop any opponent's play.

Ambridge Bridgers (PA) -- The town is named for the American Bridge Company, which was once located in Ambridge. The mascot is a bridge worker.

Ames Little Cyclones (IA) -- The teams of Iowa State University, located in Ames, are known as "Cyclones." The high school apparently decided to use a similar name for their athletes.

Anaconda Copperheads (MT) -- The old Anaconda Copper Company located in the town may be the source of this nickname.

Anaheim Colonists (CA) -- The city of Anaheim was created by German immigrants in 1857 as a wine-making colony.

Andrean Fighting 59ers (Merrillville, IN) -- The high school opened in 1959.

Aniak Halfbreeds (AK) -- Apparently chosen because most of the residents are of mixed heritage: Anglo-American and Inuit. The students have resisted efforts to change the mascot. I've been asked a number of times to add this mascot to this collection. It's here to show that not all distinctive and unique names are universally seen as positive.

Annandale Atoms (VA) -- This school opened in 1954. It was the "Atomic Era," so the students chose "Atoms" as their school's nickname.

Annville-Cleona Little Dutchmen (Annville, PA) -- Lebanon Valley College, located in Annville, calls its teams "Flying Dutchmen."

Apopka Blue Darters (FL) -- This is a term for a blue-winged, pigeon-sized bird that is known for darting through wooded areas. Chosen in 1932 because it matched the school colors (blue and white) and its small size and aggressive nature seemed appropriate for the school's rather small but speedy teams.

Aquinas Li’l Irish (Rochester, NY) -- The Li'l Irish name was born in the late 1940s and early 1950s when Aquinas was known throughout the country for football. There was a University of Notre Dame connection through the many Aquinas graduates who went there, and even more so with the connections of former Aquinas coaching greats Johnny Sullivan and Harry Wright to the university. The comparisons to the Fighting Irish continued to grow out of the excitement and soon Aquinas came to be known as the Li'l Irish.

Arapahoe Charter Arapaho Nation (WY) -- Most of the students are from the Arapaho tribe.

Archbishop Chapelle Chipmunks (Metairie, LA) -- In September of 1964, Chapelle's Student Council began a contest among homerooms to choose a school mascot. Along with the Chipmunk, some other ideas were the Raiderettes, Cavalettes, Fleurs de lis, Chapelle's Belles, and the Shamrocks. In the end, the chipmunk was by far the most popular vote among the student body.

Archbishop Molloy Stanners (Briarwood, NY) -- The school replaced St. Ann's Academy in 1957, with the faculty and students moving en masse to the Molloy campus. They retained many St. Ann traditions, including the "Stanner" ("St. Anners") nickname.

Archmere Academy Auks (Claymont, DE) -- An "auk" is a diving bird with webbed feet and short wings used as paddles.

Arlington Spy Ponders (MA) -- Arlington is home to Spy Pond, which used to supply ice for the city of Boston.

Ashland Blazer Tomcats (Ashland, KY) -- The girls' teams are known as "Kittens," sometimes also "Lady Cats."

Ashland Clockers (MA) -- Commemorates Ashland resident Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, which was manufactured in the city.

Ashland Oredockers (WI) -- Ashland was a center for loading ships with iron ore from the mines of northern Michigan and Wisconsin.

Aspen Skiers (CO) -- Aspen is well-known as a destination for skiers. This name is also used by Aspen Middle School.

Athens Drive Strutting Jaguars (Raleigh, NC) -- Also known as "Jaguars."

Attleboro Blue Bombardiers (MA) -- Also known as "Bombardiers." They use an eagle as a school symbol.

Atwood-Hammond Rajahs (Atwood, IL) -- A "Rajah" is an Indian prince. The girls' teams are known as "Rajenes," who are princesses, I presume.

Audubon Wheelers (IA) -- This name is represented by a wooden wheel.

Aurora Houn' Dawgs (MO) -- A slang term for "hound dogs." The girls' teams are "Lady Houns."

Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers (Avon, CT) -- Symbolized by a fierce beaver with wings attached to him.

Ayaprun Jaegers (Newtok, AK) -- A "jaeger" is a type of seabird related to the seagull.

Bataan Military Fighting Sea Lions (Albuquerque, NM) -- The school states that their "Sea Lion" is a mythical Irish creature of heraldry, with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. This mascot also honors the U.S.S. Sea Lion, the only submarine to sink a Japanese battleship in WWII.

Bad Axe Hatchets (MI) -- Seems to be an example of word play using the area's name.

Ball Golden Tors (Galveston, TX) -- Short for "Tornadoes." Their athletics webpage includes the following warning: "Woe To Those Who Confront The Tornado."

Bayfield Trollers (WI) -- A "troller" is a type of fishing boat. Fishing is a major industry in this Lake Superior community.

Bedford Kicking Mules (Temperance, MI) -- When Bedford was created after the consolidation of Lambertville and Temperance High Schools in the 1950s, the administration put the mascot up for a vote to the student body and the "Kicking Mules" were born.

Belfry Bats (MT) -- I imagine this choice was influenced by the old phrase "Bats in the Belfry."

Bellows Free Academy Bobwhites (St. Albans, VT) -- A "bobwhite" is a type of quail.

Belvidere County Seaters (NJ) -- Belvidere is the county seat of Warren County.

Bend Lava Bears (OR) -- The town is located north of the Bend Lava Tubes.

Benson Bunnies (Omaha, NE) -- There are a number of stories about the source of this name. The first states that after a loss on Benson's hole-filled football field in the 1920s, a rival coach groused, "We didn't come to play Benson, we came to play the bunnies." The second story says the name was created after a local writer thought the basketball team looked like rabbits hopping as they moved around the gym floor. A third story states the the site for the school was filled with bunnies before the building was erected.

Beresford Watchdogs (SD) -- Represented by a tough-looking bulldog.

Berlin Redcoats (Berlin, CT) -- The nickname is derived from the fact that Berlin was the site of Redcoat camps during the Revolutionary War.

Bessemer Speedboys (MI) -- Naturally, the girls' teams are known as "Speedgirls."

Beth Chana Academy Skirts (Orange, CT) -- This is an Orthodox Jewish school for girls. When in public, Orthodox Jewish law requires young women to dress modestly - with skirts that fall below the knee.

Beverly Hills Normans (CA) -- The conquerors of England in 1066.

Biglerville Canners (PA) -- Canning fruits and vegetables has been a major industry in the area since the early 1900s.

Big Piney Punchers (WY) -- This comes from "Cowpunchers," a slang term for cowboys.

Bishop Foley Ventures (Madison Heights, MI) -- The school chooses to symbolize this name with a viking-like warrior.

Bishop McGuinness Villains (Kernersville, NC) -- This nickname comes from the school's early roots at the Villa Marie Anna Academy.

Bishop O'Reilly Queensmen (Kingston, PA) -- This Catholic high school chose this nickname as a reference to its patron saint, Mary, Blessed Mother of Jesus, also the Queen of Saints. The school was founded in 1954, which was the 100th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother. The girls' teams are called "Queenswomen."

Blackduck Drakes (MN) -- This is a name for a male duck. The girls' teams are called by the contradictory term "Lady Drakes."

Blaine Borderites (WA) -- The city lies near the international border between the state of Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Block Yeshiva Blockbusters (St. Louis, MO) -- The school apparently chose to incorporate the school name into its athletic nickname.

Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms (MN) -- A writer from a paper in a nearby town dubbed the athletes from Blooming Prarie as "the boys from blossom town." The current logo featuring a ferocious-looking flower was created in the 1970s.

Bloom Township Blazing Trojans (Chicago, IL) -- This is a combination of the Bloom Trojans and the Bloom Trail Trailblazers.

Boiling Springs Bubblers (PA) -- Named for the cold bubbling limsetone springs located in the town.

Bolivar Liberators (MO) -- The school's namesake is known as the liberator of South America from Spanish colonial rule.

Bourne Canalmen (MA) -- The Cape Cod Canal is located near the town.

Bowling Green Purples (KY) -- For the main school color.

Bray-Doyle Donkeys (Marlow, OK) --Represented by a donkey in a fighting pose, complete with flexed muscles

Brazosport Exporters (Freeport, TX) -- This mascot recognizes the city's port history.

Breckenridge Buckaroos (TX) -- Another slang term for cowboys. Sometimes this name is shortened to "Bucks."

Bret Harte Bullfrogs (Angels Camp, CA) -- Close to where Mark Twain rented a cabin where he wrote his story "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

Brimley Bays (MI) -- The school is located on Whitefish Bay in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Brimley High uses a horse as a symbol, as reddish brown horses are called "bays."

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians (Baltimore, MD) -- Most likely derived from the school name.

Buckland Sissaungi (AK) -- An Eskimo word referring to beluga whales.

Burke Mountain Burkies (East Burke, VT) -- The mascot is probably an extension of the school name.

Burlington Seahorses (VT) -- Legend has it fossils of seahorses were found when the school site was being developed.

Cabrini Crescents (New Orleans, LA) -- This school uses a crescent moon as its logo.

Cairo Syrupmakers (GA) -- One story says this mascot was inspired during a rainy football game, when the owner of a local syrup plant helped out the home team by giving the players ponchos that had "Roddenbury Syrup" written across them. Another story says a newspaper reporter referred to the Tigers as "the syrupmakers from Cairo" in a game story, probably because there was a syrup plant in Cairo at the time. The mascot is depicted as a syrup pitcher. The term is often shortened to "Maids" for the girls or "Makers" for the boys.

Calhoun Sandcrabs (Port Lavaca, TX) -- Travis Middle School, located in the district, uses "Fiddler Crabs" as a mascot.

Calumet Copper Kings (MI) -- This name recognizes the copper mines that operated in the area.

Camas Papermakers (WA) -- Reflects the importance of the local paper industry.

Camas County Musher Dogs (Fairfield, ID) -- Usually shortened to "Mushers."

Camden Hills Windjammers (ME) -- Possibly named for the type of watercraft.

Cameron Yoemen (TX) -- Named after Mr & Mrs. C. H. Yoe, who donated thousands of dollars to the community to build a new high school back in the early 1900s. The girls' teams are called "Lady Yoe."

Canon-McMillan Big Macs (Canonsburg, PA) -- Apparently symbolized by a large Scotsman; sometimes known as "Macs."

Carbon Dinos (Price, UT) -- Many dinosaur footprints have been found in coal mines in Carbon County.

Cardozo Clerks (Washington, DC) -- Likely refers to the students who work in the offices of judges.

Carmichaels Mighty Mikes (PA) -- Represented by a burly smiling giant. The name is sometimes shortened to "Mikes."

Cary Imps (NC) -- Symbolized by a small green demon. I've heard this name was originally "White Imps," but the color was changed to avoid any racial connotation, especially when the school was desegregated.

Cascade Kodiaks (Leavenworth, WA) -- Named for the very large and fierce bears of Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Cass Technical Technicians (Detroit, MI) -- This reflects the school's long history as a technical school.

Center Point-Urbana Stormin' Pointers (Center Point, IA)-- Prior to merging, Center Point was the "Pointers," and Urbana was the "Cyclones." Symbolized by a pointer dog in the midst of a cyclone.

Central Little Green (Manchester, NH) -- Dartmouth College, located in New Hampshire, is known as the "Big Green."

Central Catholic Buttons (San Antonio, TX) -- A "button" is the name for a baby rattlesnake. The school served as a "feeder" school to the St. Mary's "Rattlers."

Centralia Orphans (IL) -- I've heard a number of stories about how this name came to be attached to Centralia teams. One story has a writer calling the Centralia athletes "Orphans" because of their ragged appearance in the state basketball tournament: a sportswriter wrote that the Centralians "played like champs but looked like orphans." Another story says the players were called "Orphans" by local residents because of their cheap and well-worn uniforms. A third story says that CHS Coach Arthur Trout named the team after his favorite movie, the 1922 silent classic 'Orphans of the Storm.' The girls at Centralia are called "Orphan Annies," possibly for famed coach Ann Murray, but more likely as a replacement for their earlier name, "Orphanettes."

Centura Centurions (NE) -- The commander of a Roman military unit.

Cesar Chavez Champions (Laveen, AZ) -- The Pegasus, the mythical winged horse, also serves as a school symbol. Sometimes the Pegasus name is applied to the teams.

Charles F. Brush Arcs (Lyndhurst, OH) -- C. F. Brush invented the Arc Light, an early street light, near the turn of the 20th century. The mascot is dressed with a yellow light bulb shaped head with two lightning bolts sticking out of it like antennae.

Charles D. Owen Warhorses (Black Mountain, NC) -- This name resulted from the merger of the Black Mountain Darkhorses and the Swannanoa Warriors in 1954.

Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Riptide (SC) -- A "riptide" is a strong, offshore current that is caused by the tide pulling water through an inlet along a barrier beach. It is a strong tidal flow of water within estuaries and other enclosed tidal areas.

Charles Wright Tarriers (Tacoma, WA) -- Refers to the Irish railroad workers who were employed by school namesake Charles Wright.

Chatsworth Chancellors (CA) -- This name was adopted in 1963 when the school opened.

Chattanooga Central Purple Pounders (TN) -- In 1939, Central's football team was repeatedly called "Pounders" by local sports writers because the team was pounding opponents game after game. The hammer and anvil became the symbol for the school's athletic teams.

Chester Hambletonians (NY) -- Named after the horse Hambletonian, the famed race horse (for whom the harness race is named). He was born and is buried in Chester.

Cheyenne Desert Shields (North Las Vegas, NV) -- The school was built as the United States was preparing for Operation Desert Shield in the Middle East. The name was adopted as a tribute to the soldiers.

Chinook Sugar Beeters (MT) -- This mascot comes from the sugar beets that were grown along the Milk River Valley in north central Montana. A sugar refinery was located in the area until 1951.

Choate Rosemary Hall Wild Boars (Wallingford, CT) -- The wild boar was part of the Rosemary Hall seal before the school united with Choate in 1981.

Christian Liberty Academy Canefire (Kea'au, HI) -- This mascot was chosen for two reasons: First, the community of Kea'au, the school's location, was a site for sugar cane growing and harvesting. The cane farmers used to set fire to their fields in order to burn off the impurities so that only the cane stalks remained. Second, as the school states, the fire also represents the Holy Spirit, "which burns in us to remove all impurities, preparing us for a life of service."

Clarkston Bantams (WA) -- The school chose the bantam rooster as its mascot.

Clarkston Angoras (GA) -- The angora is a goat, whose fur is used in women’s clothing. Also known as the Goats.

Clay-Battelle Cee Bees (Blacksville, WV) -- Most likely for the initials of the school.

Clay City Eels (IN) -- The city is a few miles from the Eel River.

Clinton River Kings (IA) -- The city lies on the banks of the Mississippi River. The girls' teams are called "River Queens."

Clinton Christian Couriers (Goshen, IN) -- I think the school chose this name to show that its students are couriers, or messengers, of the Christian faith.

Clintonville Truckers (WI) -- Symbolized by a firetruck. The main industry in Clintonville is Seagrave Fire Apparatus, owned by FWD Corporation. FWD holds the original patent for four-wheel drive vehicles and has built fire trucks since 1918.

Coachella Valley Arabs (Thermal, CA) -- The school picked the "Arabs" as its nickname because the area is rich with date trees imported from the Middle East.

Coal City Coalers (IL) -- A "Coaler" is a person who sells or supplies coal.

Coalinga Horned Toads (CA) -- This mascot was adopted in 1938. The city hosts the annual Coalinga Horned Toad Derby.

Cobden Appleknockers (IL) -- Named for the orchards in the Cobden area.

Cocke County Fighting Cocks (Newport, TN) -- The name is represented by a gamecock.

Coleman Bluecats (TX) -- A "Bluecat" is a mythical tiger-like animal.

Colfax-Mingo Tigerhawks (Colfax, IA) -- This is the result of merging the Colfax Tigers and the Mingo Mohawks into one school.

Colon Magi (MI) -- The city, birthplace of famed magician Harry Blackstone, has been designated "the Magic Capital of the World." The school uses a rabbit for a mascot.

Colonial Beach Drifters (VA) -- Named for the type of sailing ship with nets that are allowed to drift with the tide.

Colorado Rocky Mountain Oysters (Carbondale, CO) -- As legend has it, the nickname originated in the 1960s when a local farmer prepared a batch of rocky mountain oysters for the students to give thanks for the school welcoming him to dinner. Girls are known as "Pearls" at the school.

Columbia Roughnecks (West Columbia, TX) -- A "Roughneck" is someone who works on oil rigs. Columbia's mascot, named Elmo, can be found perched atop an oil rig at the school's stadium.

Columbia River Christian Academy Torchbearers (Kettle Falls, WA) -- I think this name signifies that the students are bearing the torch of Christian faith.

Columbus Discoverers (NE) -- Honors the voyager Christopher Columbus.

Community School of Ketchum Cutthroats (ID) -- Refers to cutthroat trout.

Compton Tarbabes (CA) -- At one time, the campuses of Compton College and Compton High School were on the same site - the very site that Compton High School is on today. Compton High School adopted the mascot name of "Tartar Babies" because the college's teams were known as "Tartars"- but the local press shortened the name to "Tarbabes." The mascot is "Baby Tartar," who wears a diaper and carries a big sword.

Concord Academy Chameleons (Concord, MA) -- It’s unclear how or why the chameleon, the school's symbol of adaptability, was chosen,or exactly when that happened, but “the critter” has been associated with the school for more than eighty years.

Conestoga Valley Buckskins (Lancaster, PA) -- Possibly named for the American troops who fought in the Revolution.

Corona del Mar SeaKings (Newport Beach, CA) -- Symbolized by Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. The middle school goes by "Seaweeds."

Coventry Knotty Oakers (RI) -- Usually shortened to "Oakers."

Cozad Haymakers (NE) -- This name is used throughout the district and a picture of a farmhand harvesting hay is included on a town welcome sign.

Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes (Cranbrook, MI) -- The "Cranes" nickname springs from Cranbrook. There are cranes incorporated in the design and art on the campus, which dates from the early 1920s.

Creighton Prep Junior Jays (Omaha, NE) -- Creighton Prep had a relationship with Creighton University, whose nickname is the "Bluejays."

Crisfield Crabbers (MD) -- At one time, Crisfield was known as the "Seafood Capitol of the World." Crisfield soon came to be known as "Crabtown", and its residents were called "Crabbers."

Cristo Rey Jesuit Cristeros (Chicago, IL) -- "Cristero" means "Of Christ" or "For Christ."

Crooksville Ceramics (OH) -- Symbolized by a potter at the wheel. Crooksville was a site for many pottery companies.

Cuba City Cubans (WI) -- This mascot is likely derived from the town name.

Danville Little Johns (AR) -- A translation of Petit Jean, the name of a local river, mountain, and state park.

Dardanelle Sand Lizards (AR) -- This name has been adopted by all of the schools in this school district.

Davenport Gorillas (WA) -- The name, which may date to the 1930s, is also used by the middle school and the grade school in town.

Davis Darts (Kaysville, UT) -- Apparently, a star Davis football player of the past was said to be able to "dart" around the field.

Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks (MN) -- Represented by a black jackrabbit.

Dayspring Academy Shires (Greenbrier, TN) -- This refers to the breed of horse noted for strength and size.

D.C. Everest Evergreens (Schofield, WI) -- The school was named for Mr. David Clark Everest, who was president of the Marathon County Paper Mills, the area's largest employer.

Dearborn Fordson Tractors (Dearborn, MI) -- Ford Motor Company built many of its tractors in the area.

Decatur Golden Gators (Federal Way, WA) -- Likely chosen because "Gator" rhymes with "Decatur."

Deer Park Stags (WA) -- A term for male deer. I'll guess that the school name made this an easy choice.

DeKalb Barbs (IL) -- They might have chosen this name because the first practical barbed wire was produced in the city. The city had a large barbed wire manufacturing plant from 1874 through 1938.

Dell Rapids Quarriers (SD) -- Symbolized by a large quarry worker wielding a pickaxe. Quarrying the local Rose Quartzite rock is a major local industry.

Delphi Oracles (IN) -- Adopted after a resident traveled to Greece and became interested in Greek history and culture. The Greek town of Delphi was famed for its Oracle.

Dewey Bulldoggers (OK) -- Adopted from the fame and success of the Dewey Roundup, a large local rodeo held until 1948. "Bulldogging" (leaping off a horse and onto a steer's head) is said to have been invented as a rodeo event by a local cowboy at the Roundup.

Dexter Dreadnaughts (MI) -- A "dreadnaught" is an old English battleship class. The mascot logo depicts a cartoonish battleship with a tough face on the bow and large, muscular arms.

Dieterich Movin' Maroons (IL) -- They are also known as "Maroons." The mascot is the Roadrunner from Looney Tunes cartoons.

Dinuba Emperors (CA) -- Also used for the girls' teams, even though "Emperor" is a male title.

Diomede Dateliners (AK) -- The school is 2 miles west of the international dateline.

Divine Savior Holy Angels Dashers (Milwaukee, WI) -- Uses all the initials of the school name: D, S, H, A.

Doane Stuart Thunder Chicken (Albany, NY) -- This is a mythical animal, of course. It stands 6 and a half feet tall, is yellow and orange, and brandishes a lightning bolt. It's also known to play the bagpipes. The school gym is known as the "Chicken Coop."

Duluth East Greyhounds (MN) -- Greyhound Bus got its start in the Duluth area.

Dunbar Mightymen (Chicago, IL) -- The girls' teams are known as "Mightywomen."

Dunn Earwigs (Los Olivos, CA) -- The earwig was officially adopted by Dunn's student body as the school mascot in 1978-79. It had been used by the school's boys' soccer team as early as 1975, according to school legend. No one is certain why the earwig was selected: possibly as a joke, possibly to recognize the many earwigs that live in the Santa Ynez Valley (where Dunn is located), or possibly to honor the resiliency of the insect. The mascot is not universally supported by Dunn alumni, but efforts to remove the earwig as the school mascot have been rebuffed over the years.

Dutch Fork Silver Foxes (Irmo, SC) -- This name is also used by the middle school.

East Hampton Bonackers (NY) -- I had heard that this name refers to the original settlers of the far east end of Long Island who spoke a form of old Elizabethan English known as "Bonack." It turns out that may not be the case: The term "Bonackers" is derived from Accabonac Harbor, an important harbor to the original settlers of East Hampton located in The Springs. Most of the original settlers of The Springs depended on Accabonac Harbor for their livelihood, as most were baymen and farmers. This name had also been used to insult residents of the area, but was adopted with pride by the community members.

East Hampton Bellringers (CT) -- East Hampton was a bell-manufacturing center.

East Liverpool Potters (OH) -- The town was settled by English potters. A number of china and pottery companies called East Liverpool home.

Easton Red Rovers (PA) -- They are represented by a bulldog.

East Providence Townies (RI) -- A slang term applied to residents of a town.

East Union Urchins (Blue Springs, MS) -- This name dates to 1962, when the school was created after a consolidation among several small community schools. The basketball coach was credited with coming up with the nickname.

Eatonville Cruisers (WA) -- A "cruiser" is a logging term for an individual who goes through a stand of timber to estimate volume from sampling standing trees.

Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes (WI) -- Named for a famous army mascot, the Union War Eagle of the Wisconsin Eighth Infantry Division of the Civil War. Old Abe the eagle travelled with the troops throughout the war and lived at the state capital of Madison until 1881. Old Abe survived 22 battles and was noted for becoming excited as the fighting raged and for being fond of patriotic tunes.

Edsel Ford Thunderbirds (Dearborn, MI) -- The history behind this choice is unique. In 1954, a year before the high school opened, the Ford Thunderbird rolled off the Dearborn assembly line to rave reviews. The students chose to name their mascot after the car.

Edwardsburg Eddies (MI) -- Derived from the school's name, I think.

Effingham Flaming Hearts (IL) -- This nickname was coined many years ago. The name was derived because Effingham is geographically in the "Heartland of America." The "Flaming" part was added to give the nickname more flair.

Elgin-Millville Watchmen (Elgin, MN) -- This name is also used for the girls' teams.

Elkhart Central Blue Blazers (IN) -- This name was coined in 1920s. It is represented by "Mr. B," a little man riding a lightning bolt, created in 1954.

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters (Elkhart Lake, WI) -- The area is known for its many resorts.

Elkhorn Antlers (NE) -- Seems to be an example of word play using the school's name.

Elk Horn-Kimballton Danes (Elk Horn, IA) -- Elk Horn and Kimballton form the largest rural Danish settlement in the U.S.

Emerson Waldorf Gnomes (Chapel Hill, NC) -- Gnomes are ubiquitous decorations in Waldorf schools.

English Blue and Blue (Boston, MA) -- This nickname comes from the school colors of Columbia blue and Navy blue. The school mascot is a bulldog.

Episcopal Academy Churchmen (Merion, PA) -- The girls at the school are known as "Lady Churchmen."

Escanaba Eskymos (MI) -- This is a stylized version of "Eskimos." The popular short name for the city of Escanaba and for Escanaba High School is "Esky," so the word "Eskimos" was turned into "Eskymos." The mascot is "Esky Moe."

Ethan Allen Green Mountain Boys (Wales, WI) -- Ethan Allen led a group of irregular soldiers from Vermont known as the "Green Mountain Boys" during the early portion of the Revolutionary War.

Ets Chaiyim Lions of Judah (Gaithersburg, MD) -- This honors the Jewish tradition of the school.

Eufaula Ironheads (OK) -- Eufaula got its nickname from coach Harry "Ironhead" Hansard, who coached football at the school. Hansard played football at Arkansas and was dubbed "Ironhead" because he always used his head when he was blocking opponents. I've also heard a legend that Hansard said his players had "heads of Iron" because they had trouble learning plays.

Evanston Wildkits (IL) -- Evanston is home to Nothwestern University, whose teams are called "Wildcats."

Everett Seagulls (WA) -- Everett's football team played Cleveland Tech in 1921 in a game billed as the national high school championship. When a seagull glided in a figure-eight pattern over the field, it was seen as a good-luck symbol. Everett won 16-7, then adopted the seagull as its new mascot.

Explorations Screaming Penguins (Bellingham, WA) -- This school's sole athletic team engages in orienteering.

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