With 20 down and 10 to go, I present the remaining 10 weirdest Texas high school mascots. It takes a pretty prestigiously weird mascot to make the cut, but because there are only so many weird mascots one state can hold, this is going to be the final part in the three part series.
10. El Campo Ricebirds
El Campo, Texas (pop. 10,945) is seated about 70 miles southwest of Houston, and if I had to take a guess based on its namesake, I’d say it’s probably changed since it was originally named. What exactly is the name? Well, according to my knowledge of Spanish (albeit not very extensive), “el campo” is Spanish for “the field” or “the country”. With El Campo being halfway between two large and growing cities, you can bet that 10,000+ population will continue to boom. As for the Ricebird namesake, there’s a lot of rice grown in that region of Texas. Rice fields + birds = Ricebirds. Simple, unique, and relevant.
9. Devine Warhorses
Devine, Texas is a smaller town (pop. 4,110) tucked south of San Antonio and it is included in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area, and while there might not be much to the town, there sure is to the mascot. First off, when you have a town named “Devine”, you know you’re in for a treat. Secondly, the Warhorses; how do you get much more fierce than that? Another interesting tidbit is they’re also called the Arabians at times, alluding to the Arabian horse.
8. Schulenburg Shorthorns
As you may recall from this previous article, I had quite a few bovine mascots, and a few shorthorns too. Here’s one that I accidentally skipped over, but I had to include them if I included Marfa in the last article. Schulenburg is very conveniently located about halfway between Houston and San Antonio (roughly 100 miles from each), but the cool thing about Schulenburg is the tradition and history in this small town of just over 2,000 people. Be sure to check out information about the festivals that go on in Schulenburg.
7. Rotan Yellowhammers
Rotan, Texas is another small school on the list. Located in one of Texas’ least populous counties (Fisher County – pop. 4,000), Rotan actually has some interesting history to go along with it. Football great Sammy Baugh died in Rotan in 2008, and NFL player Jordan Shipley went to Rotan high school for a time. Rotan’s athletic district may be the most interesting in Texas, as they share the same football district with two other “Weirdest Mascots”, the Hamlin Pied Pipers, and the Roscoe Plowboys. Another interesting name in the basketball district is the Munday Moguls. A very interesting district indeed.
6. San Saba Armadillos
Do me a favor, and think of three iconic Texas animals. Did your list include a Longhorn, an Armadillo, and maybe a Rattlesnake? If you had an armadillo on the list, you’ll be very surprised to hear that there’s only one Armadillo mascot in all of Texas. Surprising, huh? San Saba, Texas is the county seat of San Saba County, which was the last county in Texas to have its roads paved. San Saba is also the birthplace of Tommy Lee Jones. As for everything else, that’s about all you need to know about this little Central Texas town.
5. White Oak Roughnecks and Columbia Roughnecks
White Oak and Colombia (much like a few other mascots in the previous articles) share the same mascot. But honestly, there’s not too much shared between these two towns. White Oak is a small town just outside of Longview (it’s often considered Longview), known for its oil production. For such a town of about 5,000 people, White Oak has quite the history of NFL players including Max McGee, Sam Hunt, Mike Barber, and Byron Hunt. Columbia on the other hand is located southwest of Houston, pretty close to the coast, and is of comparable size. The Roughneck mascot of course alludes to oil field workers who are constantly looking up and carrying heavy equipment on their necks, hence the name Roughnecks.
4. Cuero Gobblers
I like this name for two reasons. Reason one is Cuero means “leather” in Spanish. Reason number two is Gobblers is a very neat mascot. Could they have gone with some ordinary bird? Well, of course, but what’s the fun in that? Cuero, Texas is located down in Central Texas, and is known for its history, much like Schulenburg. Cuero has supposedly had sightings of a “chupacabra”, or a goat sucker in Spanish. If you haven’t heard about the Cuero chupacabra, you should read about it. Cuero is also the self-declared “turkey capital of the world”.
3. Kerrville Tivy Fighting Antlers
Kerrville, Texas is located down in Texas Hill Country, and is often noted for its extremely beautiful landscape along the Guadalupe River. Much like the armadillo, a deer is an iconic Texas animal. But again, would you rather be a deer, or have an interesting name? How about a Fighting Antler? I think I’ll go with that one. Texas Hill Country is also known for its great hunting, so the Fighting Antlers name fits extremely well.
2. Mason Punchers
Here’s another mascot I really liked. The Punchers… Really? Punchers may not mean what you’re thinking though. It doesn’t necessarily mean a person that punches. Instead, it means a cattle pusher, or basically a cowboy. Sadly, their girl mascot isn’t the Puncher-ettes. Instead, they’re just the cowgirls. Mason is another small school on the list, with a town population of about 2,000. A neat little side note – the largest Topaz gem in North America was found in Mason. That’s part of the reason Mason is called ‘The Gem of Texas Hill Country’.
1. Pampa Harvesters
As I had a friend put it, “Pampa is the Harvesters. That’s the Texas Panhandle in a nutshell.” Really though, that pretty much is the Texas Panhandle in a nutshell. Recall that Hereford, Texas is the “Whitefaces”, and the Texas Panhandle is obviously known for its farming and ranching. Pampa is one of the bigger towns on the list (and in the Texas Panhandle for that matter) at just over 17,000 people. Pampa has a rich tradition of residents, including NFL player Zach Thomas, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, Woody Guthrie, Gerald J. Ford (who TCU’s football field is named after), and Billie Wayne Lemons, a former NFL player, just to name a few.
Hopefully you enjoyed the Weirdest Texas Mascots series, and maybe with some luck, I can come out with a special edition somewhere down the line.
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