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Highland Home, AL
Prior to the early 40's, Highland Home's mascot was the Panthers. During World War I, a number of the school's football players were drafted, and attached to the same airborne division. Their coach was with them one day during training, when a squadron of jets flew over them. The coach said to his players, "There's a whole squadron". They began calling themselves the Squadron when they returned from war, and the name stuck. It became the school's official mascot in the late 40's.
These are the only Silent Warriors in the country. Alabama School for the Deaf is known as "the home of the champions." More than 60% of the student body participates in some kind of organized sports. Their teams have competed in the international Deaf-Olympics and have won state and national championships in every major sport. The Silent Warriors compete against public schools around Alabama and schools for the deaf from across the nation.
The athletes at Hayes High School are known as the Pacesetters, because they are "setting the pace for the 21st Century". Their school slogan claims, "We are proud, prepared, and productive". They are the only school in the country with the Pacesetters nickname.
Paul Bryant's mascot was orginally to be the Bears, after football player and coach Paul William "Bear" Bryant; whom the school is named after. However, a court order in the 1970s stated that no new school in Tuscaloosa may take a nickname used by any of the former segregated schools; so Bears could not be used for the new Bryant High School. The name Titans was voted on by students of schools that would feed into Bryant, but was rejected because Holy Spirit High School's teams were already named the Titans. Therefore, Stampede was ultimately chosen as the mascot for the school.
Sidney Lanier High School is named after American musician and poet Sidney Lanier, so naturally, Poets is a suitable mascot. Currently, there is no offical character that goes along with the name. The Poet mascot used to be a court jester, but that character was done away with about 20 years ago. Now, the Poets mascot is a simple script letter "L".