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Wild High School mascots allowed in Louisiana


Louisiana has some pretty wild high school mascots or nicknames. For more than a decade, schools across the country have been reevaluating their mascots. Not only high schools, but also universities. Some have even changed their names due to modern standards. Some of the replaced names could be considered shocking today, while some of the new names could also be considered wild.

In Louisiana, it didn’t take a modern change to come up with some incredible mascots. In fact, some of these have been around in Louisiana since schools started.

That doesn’t mean that now each school in the state has a unique and creative nickname/mascot. If everyone were unique, no one would be unique. According to some (although somewhat dated) research, there are dozens of schools in the state that share a pot with the same nicknames/mascots. There are more than 30 schools that use the name Tigers, more than 20 different schools that call themselves Panthers or Bulldogs, at least 15 schools that use Eagles or Lions as their name, and at least a dozen that use Hornets, Warriors or Wildcats. You have at least 10 schools that also use the Trojans, Gators or Cougars.

When it comes to those common names, it’s not just a Louisiana thing. Many of these names end up in the top 15 most popular school nicknames/mascots across the US. The most common nicknames in Louisiana AND the US are Tigers, Panthers, Bulldogs, Eagles, Lions, Warriors, Wildcats, Trojans, Cougars and Mustangs.

But let’s get back to that unique one. Because there are plenty. Even school nicknames/mascots that are ONLY in Louisiana.

Like Archbishop Chapelle Chipmunks in Metairie. Not only are they unparalleled in Louisiana, but there is no other school in the US that uses Chipmunks (research shows). There are also some other names that are exclusive to Louisiana schools. Such as Cajuns, Fire Birds and RedStickers.

I’m sure your immediate thought is, “Well, I know the Tornadoes, Pelicans, and Hurricanes can only be used by one school.” (ok, maybe not). But that’s actually not true. There are SEVERAL schools in Louisiana that use all three of these nicknames.

Even something that feels unique, like Haynesville’s Golden Tornado, isn’t just theirs. Sulfur High School may shorten it to “Golden Tors,” but they are also the Golden Tornado. Then you have Hammond High Magnet School which also uses Tornadoes.

When it comes to pelicans, there are also several schools that use that. Including Homer, Morris Jeff Community and Port Allen. There are at least three schools that also use Hurricanes, with LW Higgins, North Central in Lebeau and South Plaquemines.

Besides Chipmunks, what other unique names do Louisiana schools have? Check out this list for more answers…

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