Top Ten Strangest School Mascots

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You want your school mascot to be something frightening, something grand, or something august, right? Something like The Warriors, The Tigers, The Spartans, or The Fighting Okra. The Fighting Okra? What? Can someone please break out into a rendition of “One of These Things is not Like the Other?”

Yes, it’s true. There are some mascots out there that are purely baffling, absolutely bamboozling, simply befuddling. So, sit down, take a deep breath, and prepare yourself for a barrel of laughter – the “Top Ten Strangest School Mascots!”

10. The Hubbers of Smethport High School.  A wheel. Must have thought they were on a roll when they came up with this one.

9. The Anchormen of Rhode Island College.  I wonder if their color is burgundy – Ron Burgundy that is.

8. The Artichokes of Scottsdale Community College.  Nutritious, delicious, and oh so… frightening?

7. The Blue Hose of Presbyterian College.  If it’s a garden hose, I don’t get it. If it’s hose as in tights, I expect their mascot to be quite fashionable.

6. The Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz.  What are you gonna do, ooze all over me?

5. The Brewers of Vassar College.  Seems a ‘beer-y’ ironic choice for a college mascot.

4. The Claim Jumpers of Columbia College.  Before you can even get the words out of your mouth, they’ll shout, “You are NOT better than us!”

3. The Mighty Macs of Immaculata University. A computer, a raincoat, or a burger? Which one is it?

2. The Fighting Pickles of North Carolina School of the Arts. How can someone with a functioning ‘brine’ think up such a thing?

1. The Dirtbags of Long Beach State Baseball Team. Something to be proud of, for sure.

What’s your school mascot?

33 Responses to Top Ten Strangest School Mascots

  1. Kyrie 10/26/2009 at 11:51 am #

    My high school mascot was a bullfrog. I get the whole “embarrassing mascot” thing. :-)

  2. Blair 10/26/2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Don’t forget the Geoduck of Evergreen State College! :P

  3. Nina 10/26/2009 at 1:22 pm #

    GO BREWERS! i’m honored we made the list!

  4. Rachel 10/26/2009 at 1:33 pm #

    My school is the Pirates, but another cool one is the NC School of Science and Math Unicorns.

  5. Jamie 10/26/2009 at 2:03 pm #

    haha ours is the bulldog.

  6. Missy 10/26/2009 at 2:35 pm #

    i live in a town where our teams are called the Orphans. The girl’s teams are the Annies..

  7. Julie 10/26/2009 at 2:37 pm #

    The Anchorman & your pun on it was my favorite until i reached #1 – The Dirtbags! Really? hahah

  8. Magali 10/26/2009 at 2:40 pm #

    You missed San Benito High School in CA: the Haybalers (yes, like big burly men who bale hay).

  9. Arielle 10/26/2009 at 2:41 pm #

    Ha, I knew Santa Cruz would be on here! 100% Slug! :D

  10. Jen 10/26/2009 at 3:02 pm #

    Williams College: The Purple Cows

  11. Patsy 10/26/2009 at 3:40 pm #

    In Maine there’s a high school (Winthrop High School) whose mascot is a giant schoolbus; they call themselves the Ramblers

  12. Kate 10/26/2009 at 5:03 pm #

    My high school mascot was a mermaid. Our sports teams? The Fighting Mermaids. Even boys’ basketball… and no, we didn’t have a swim team.

  13. Bonnie 10/26/2009 at 5:06 pm #

    We were the bulldogs as well, but nearby there was a school whose mascot is a “Beet Digger” It always sort of sounded like some derogatory term to me.

  14. Molly 10/26/2009 at 5:20 pm #

    Go Smethport Hubbers!

  15. Erinn 10/26/2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Hurray for Artie the Artichoke! He was my mascot for 2 years.

  16. Sarita 10/26/2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Ohio Wesleyan University has the Fighting Bishops and my friend who went to a high school in PA said he mascot was a hat. She lived in Hatsboro, PA!

  17. AMBER 10/26/2009 at 7:16 pm #

    Can’t believe you left out my alma mater. Geoducks :(

  18. Bongo 10/26/2009 at 7:26 pm #

    The South Webster Jeeps.
    Akron Zips…

  19. Galen 10/26/2009 at 8:15 pm #

    Webster University: The Gorlocks (http://pop.webster.edu/~stclairr/gorlock.gif)

    We win!

  20. Amy 10/26/2009 at 8:24 pm #

    We’re the Loggers (though our mascot is now a Grizzly Bear). And I was also surprised the Evergreen Geoducks weren’t listed. I grew up a short walk from campus and still have problems equating the written with the verbal.

  21. Aly 10/26/2009 at 9:01 pm #

    My high school was the Red Stickers…. meaning a red stick… at least it got better in college! we are the Tigers!

  22. Amy 10/26/2009 at 10:04 pm #

    My High School is the only one in the U.S. with a Mule as our mascot…
    Our Junior High mascot was the Bronco..so I always wondered where the donkey came into play..

  23. Demi 10/26/2009 at 11:15 pm #

    Our mascot rocked: War Eagles! =D One of the other schools around here is the Wolverines but their mascot ALWAYS looks like a chipmunk =/

  24. Laura 10/27/2009 at 12:10 am #

    My family almost moved to a town where the school teams were the Fredonia Hillbillies.

    Needless to say, when we did move, I was quite glad to be a bulldog instead! Well, okay, I didn’t exactly care about sports, but I did care about not being part of a school where hillbillies were to be celebrated.

  25. Kate 10/27/2009 at 12:24 am #

    In ye ol’ canada, my schools mascot is a ‘warm fuzzie’. aka a giant rainbow fuzz ball. Highly amusing, we have to wear them around our necks whenever showing school spirit.

  26. Kat Keller 10/27/2009 at 2:00 am #

    What about the UNM Isotopes?

    The Fightin’ Artichokes were names by a school-wide vote, if I recall correctly. The school’s colors (for those who don’t know but want to) are green and…pink.

  27. Shelley 10/27/2009 at 3:47 am #

    I saw someone already mentioned Webster–I love that they made up their mascot!

    I got to Whittier College. Our mascot is the Poets. I guess, looking at the list, it isn’t hideously weird, but it’s somewhat of a bizarre choice. Not exactly what one might describe as “fierce”. Rumor has it, we used to be the Squirrels.

  28. Julie 10/28/2009 at 11:22 am #

    banana slugs? haha nice puns!!

  29. Charlotte 10/28/2009 at 12:27 pm #

    The Highwaymen!

  30. andrea.d 10/30/2009 at 12:51 am #

    My alma mater’s teams went by The Ooks. From an Inuit word for baby owl (ookpik). Certainly adorable. Intimidating? Not so much.

  31. erin 11/01/2009 at 11:57 pm #

    you forgot the Watersmeet Michigan Nimrods! :D

    I’m definitely not from Michigan, but GO NIMRODS!!

  32. michael 04/20/2010 at 1:04 pm #

    lol the hubbers is my school

  33. Liz 05/25/2011 at 4:52 pm #

    There is a school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula called the Flivvers: a name used for one of the first Ford cars for a short time in the early 1900’s.

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