High School Mascots

Written by Diane Sievert
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High school mascots can be a source of tremendous pride for your student body. The mascot, a symbol of your school's past and future achievements, should be displayed everywhere your students turn to remind them of the role school can and should play in their lives. Whether it's on letterman jackets, school posters, or stamped on every page of the yearbook, a school mascot has meaning that will follow your students for the rest of their lives.

Facts about High School Mascots

High school mascots and college mascots are based on an idea that was in practice as far back as antiquity, but the idea of the mascot entered the English language back in the 1800s. A popular operetta, "La Mascotte," by the French composer Edmond Audran is how the idea became popular in England and the United States. The operetta was about a farm girl who brought luck to whomever possessed her as long as she remained a virgin, and the concept of a mascot as a person or animal that brings luck was thereby established.

High school mascots became ever more popular as the size and number of high schools increased. The one-room red schoolhouse many associate with small country towns did not generally have a mascot. It was only the bigger and more established schools, the schools that could afford sports teams, that managed to incorporate mascots into school life.

As high school mascots became an important part of the all-American lifestyle, high schools began to be more imaginative in the naming of their mascots. Finding an unusual mascot was a way to distinguish your school from the other high schools in the nation that have the cougar for a mascot. That's how mascots like the Bats, the Seahorses and the Syrupmakers were born.


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