High School Mascots


As most everyone knows, choosing or changing a school’s mascot is serious business.  And if schools consolidate, the biggest fight will likely be over choosing a mascot.  So out of curiosity I recently searched the internet for the mascots of North Dakota high schools that may have a connection with the local flora and fauna.

In my very unscientific assessment, the most common mascot was the eagle, which was chosen by Fargo Davies, Enderlin, Newburg, New Town, North Border, and Ojibwa.  Cardinals are also popular, having been chosen by Carrington, Ellendale, Langdon, and Southern McLean.  That is interesting because cardinals likely weren’t very common in North Dakota when these mascots were chosen.  Maybe it had something to do with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Blue jays on the other hand are common over much of the state, and were chosen to represent the high schools in Jamestown and Stanley.  Ray High School is known as the Jays, but theirs is not a blue jay.  The Ray Jay is red.

Not surprisingly bison were chosen by a few high schools, including Barnes County North, Hazen, and Milner.  Bears rule at Fargo North, actually the Bruins, and Larimore even chose the polar bear.

The wily coyote is the mascot of Grant County and Williston high schools.  But the big dogs, the wolves, claim Wolford and Watford City as their home turf.

Cats, more specifically bobcats prowl North Sargent High School.  However Belfield, Griggs County, and South Heart are where the bobcats larger cousin the cougar prowls.

And who wouldn’t be afraid of tangling with the Wishek Badgers?

Grenora has the Gophers.  I have a sneaky suspicion that the University of Minnesota stole the idea from Grenora and just added “golden.”

Goose country in North Dakota is Kenmare, home of the Honkers

Insects were even chosen by a couple schools.  The opponents will be stung by the Harvey or Fessenden-Bowdon Hornets, while color and agility win the day with the Midway Monarchs.

Astronomically the only mascots I noticed were the Rolette and Underwood comets.  But nasty weather is apparently a worthy opponent as evidenced by the Munich Starkweather Magic Storm, Hatton-Northwood Thunder, and the Oakes Tornadoes.

As for plants, the closest I could find was the Oak Grove Grovers.


Chuck Lura

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