Now for the unique high school mascots in the state of Washington


OK, so the other day we looked at the most common nicknames used by high school sports teams around the state of Washington.

Now, here’s the nicknames that are unique, as in these are the only high schools in the state that use these nicknames.

And we excluded nicknames that are made unique by a slight alteration.

Pateros is the Billygoats, but Chelan is the Goats. Close enough.

Same with Moses Lakes (Chiefs) and Columbia River (Chieftains);

and with Gonzaga Prep (Bullpups) from the litter of Bulldogs in the state;

and O’Dea (Fighting Irish) from DeSales (Irish).

and Raymond (Gulls) and Everett (Seagulls)

and Mountain Lions of Liberty Bell from all the other Lions.

And just because you spell yours differently (Kelso Hilanders) doesn’t set you apart from other schools (Highlanders of Shorecrest, Hazen, Shadle Park and Providence Classical).

And different colors don’t set you apart: Blue Devils of Walla Walla, from Red Devils of East Valley of Yakima or Neah Bay, from Devils of Wilson Creek;

or Golden Eagles of Ferndale from all the other Eagles;

or Red Raiders of Bellingham from Raiders of Thomas Jefferson and Lake Roosevelt;

or Red Wolves of Cedarcrest from the Wolves of Eastlake, South Kitsap, Sequim, Black Hills, Wapato, and Coupeville.

That leaves us with …

Abes — Lincoln of Tacoma

Acorns  — Oakville

Blackhawks — Lummi

Bombers — Richland

Borderites — Blaine

Buccaneers — Kingston

Cadets — Eisenhower of Yakima

Chinooks — Kalama

Chitwins — Taholah (Chitwin is Quinault word for black bear)

Conquerors — Kentwood

Cowboys — Chimacum

Cruisers — Eatonville

Cubs — Sedro-Wooley

Dragons — St. George’s

Ducks — Toutle Lake

Elks — Lake Quinault (I always thought the plural of Elk was Elk).

Fishermen — Ilwaco (odd they are the only Fishermen in Washington, when right across the mouth of the Columbia sits Astoria High School, home of the Fishermen).

Gorillas — Davenport

Greyhounds — Grandview

The Haus — Northwest School

Highclimbers — Shelton

Hurricanes — Mt Vernon Christian

Hyaks — North Beach (Hyak is Chinook word meaning “very fast”)

Islanders  — Mercer Island

Jackrabbits — Quincy

Kangaroos — Lake Washington

Kernels — Mansfield

Kings — Muckleshoot

Leopards — Zillah

Lightning — La Salle

Lobos — Lopez Island

Lumberjacks — R.A. Long

Lyncs — Lynden Christian

Marauders — Mariner

Mariners — Sehome

Mavericks — Meadowdale

Monarchs — Mark Morris

Mules — Wahkiakum

Navigators  — Northwest Christian-Lacey

Nighthawks  — Tekoa-Oakesdale

Papermakers — Camas

Phoenix  — Columbia Basin


Plainsmen — Evergreen

Pumas — University Prep

Quakers — Franklin

Ravens — Forest Ridge

Rebels — Juanita

Riverhawks — Chiawana

Saxons — Ferris

Sharks — Puget Sound Adventist

Shockers — Waterville


Spudders — Ridgefield

Suns — Southridge

Tarriers — Charles Wright Academy (a Tarrier is a Roman Catholic person from Northern Ireland or Scotland)


Terriers — Washington School for the Deaf (a Terrier is a kind of pooch).


Thunder — Mountain View

Tides  — Gig Harbor


Trappers — Fort Vancouver

Tomahawks — Marysville-Pilchuck

Tornados — Yelm

Turks — Sultan

Vandals — Klickitat

613s — Northwest Yeshiva (reference to the Torah’s total number of mitzvoth or commandments, not the area code of Eastern Ontario, Canada)

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