Best high school nicknames

The (excellent) Andy Staples of SI.com did a great bit on high school team nicknames recently. Among the best names Staples pointed out were the Stuyvesant Peglegs, Dunbar Poets, Watersmeet Nimrods, Cary Imps, and, the winner, Cairo Syrupmakers.

As good as this list is, it leaves out some other ridiculous ones from around the country. The best of the rest, as it were, must be the Yuma “Criminals.” I’m serious. Don’t believe me? Watch them enter the game by following two squadcars.

Not to be outdone are the Ribet Academy Fighting Frogs:

Or, maybe my favorite, the Laurel Hill Hoboes:

Here’s the logo for the Watersmeet Nimrods:

Also good are the Live Oak Acorns:

Finally, here is a non-exhaustive list of some other good names:

  • Chinook Sugar Beeters
  • Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers (Avon, Connecticut)
  • Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms (Blooming Prarie, Minnesota)
  • Poca Dots (Poca, West Virginia)
  • Orofino Maniacs (Orofino, Idaho)
  • Hickman Kewpies (Columbia, Missouri)
  • Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts (Kaukauna, Wisconsin)
  • Ridgefield Spudders (Ridgefield, Washington)
  • Johnson Atom Smashers (Savannah, Georgia)
  • New Braunfels Unicorns (New Braunfels, Texas)
  • Watersmeet Nimrods (Watersmeet, Michigan
  • New Berlin Pretzels (New Berlin, Illinois)
  • Vintage Crushers (Napa, California)
  • Yuba City Honkers (Yuba City, California)
  • Centralia High School Orphans (boys teams) & Annies (girls teams)
  • And . . . The Millineum Falcons from near Tracy, CA.

(Hat tip: Coach Huey.)

  • http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com Hawkeye State

    I’m sorry, but nothing beats the Estherville Midgets of Estherville, Iowa.

  • Sheriff Blalock

    Teutopolis Wooden Shoes (Teutopolis, IL)

    Maryville Spoofhounds (Maryville, MO)

  • Mike Britton

    The Potsdam Central School “Sandstoners”, Potsdam, NY

  • Disraeli

    I have a friend from Indiana that insists in the very small town she’s from, the high schools sports teams are rather atrociously nicknamed “The Coons”.

  • Adam

    You forgot the Cobden Appleknockers!

    http://www.cobdenappleknockers.com/

  • TJ

    They’re the Dragons now, but Pekin High School in Pekin, Illinois used to be the “Pekin Chinks.”

    http://bit.ly/19Pkge

  • coop

    Itasca (TX) Wampus Cats

  • Joe

    Ann Arbor Huron River Rats.

  • TJ

    OK, the Millineum Falcons win at life.

  • Ronnie

    Slocomb (AL) Redtops

  • Fred

    Freeburg, Illinois’ team is the Freeburg Midgets. Glad to see they aren’t the only ones using that nickname.

  • Elliott

    I’m from Northampton Pa and my high school was the Northampton Konkrete Kids (that is the spelling with a k)

  • Steve

    Plano Reapers, Plano, Illinois
    Kewanee-Wethersfield Flying Geese
    Marshall Commandos
    Aledo Green Dragons
    Arcola Purple Riders
    Dunbar Mightymen
    South Shore Tars
    Chillicothe Grey Ghosts
    Coal City Coalers
    Effingham Flaming Hearts
    Dekalb Barbs
    Rochelle Hubs
    Genoa-Kingston Cogs
    Fulton Steamers
    Freeport Pretzels
    Monmouth Zippers
    Newark Norsemen
    Rockford East E-Rabs
    Zion Benton Zee-Bees

  • NJ

    Nothing beats the Webb Feet.

  • Alex

    Fisher(Illinois) Bunnies

  • Josh Paddock

    The Teutopolis, IL Wooden Shoes. It seems Illinois has lots of odd nicknames. Bunnies, Midgets, Pretzels, Appleknockers, Wooden Shoes, etc. Something about my home state is just off. There’s a team near me called the Hiltoppers. That’s right, “hill” with one L.

  • Hu man

    Unionville Sebewaing Area Patriots or for short USA Patriots

  • Richard

    Lakeland (FL) Dreadnaughts

    Hutto (TX) Hippos

  • Tom

    The best thing about the Orifino Maniacs is the state mental institution was (is?) there.

  • Ben

    Zeeland, Michigan had two high schools when I lived there … the Chix and the Dux. And yes, they were spelled that way.

  • jake

    How about the Easton Pumpkin-heads of Easton, Md?

  • Tom

    Lamar Savages, and (even better) the Lamar Lady Savages (Lamar, CO)

  • MrSnuggie

    The Man High School (WV) Hillbillies.

  • Jay

    The Camas Papermakers (Camas, WA)

  • Roger McElroy

    Atoka Wampus Cats (Atoka, Oklahoma)

  • PetePetersen

    Butte Pirates

  • Sam

    Tiny Dillon, Montana, seat of Beaverhead County, is home to the Fighting Beavers. The girls’ basketball team is known as the Lady Beavers. Headlines in the weekly paper are often along the lines of “Lady Beavers score early and often in win….” And of course there’s a support club; when I was moving there, the friend helping me insisted we stop and take a picture next to the welcome sign at the edge of town, proclaiming Dillon to be the “Home of the Beaver Boosters.”

    I’m not making this up.

  • Eric

    The Clintonville Truckers of Clintonville, WI- their logo is a semi truck

  • J.D.

    Poca (WV) Dots

  • robjob

    Moorhead High School in moorhead Minnesota is the Spuds. Their mascot is a potato.

  • Andy Hurt

    Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen (NY)

  • David Rozelle

    The Hematites (a kind of iron ore) from Ironwood, Michigan.

  • David Rozelle

    Correction, it’s the Ishpeming Hematites. Ironwood uses the name for publications.

  • Lori Mork

    And don’t forget the Blooming Prairie, Minnesota Awesome Blossoms! How’d you like to be on that wrestling team?

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  • Laura

    my high school is the live oak acorns….we’ll crack your nuts!

  • SalukiHawk

    I live in Estherville, and gotta say I love the name the Midgets. But I remember the Pekin IL mascot for years was the Chinks. Very un-PC, but rather comical nonetheless.

  • hannah

    haha im going to school in blooming prairie! haha its soo funn being a blossom! haha its funny cuz when we win we r like ya thats right u just got beat by a flower! haha theres barely anyone who hates the name in our town! I WUDONT CHOSE ANY OTHER NAME FOR OUR FOOTBALL TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KJ

    I am an ATOKA WAMPUSCAT :) what Is that? It’s a six legged mythical cat but we r beasts let me tell u! :P

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  • Jason

    I went to Poca High School, home of The Dots.
    Seriously…Poca Dots….that was us!

  • Larry

    Papillion LaVista Nebraska High School are the Monarchs. The fighting butterflys….and proud of it I am sure.

  • http://twitter.com/WestMoSports Merle Bowers

    Yuma Criminals has always been one of my favorites. I would enjoy seeing more YouTube video of other high school mascots and team entrances.

  • JohnnyAppleseed

    Benson High School (Omaha, NE) Bunnies. School colors: Pink and Green.