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In 1959, Andrean High School was built at 5959 Broadway St. in Merrillville, Indiana. School officials quickly recognized the irony between the year and the address. Just 13 years before that, a professional football team was established, the San Francisco 49'ers. We are not sure if this gave inspiration to Andrean for their school nickname but the school adopted the 59'ers moniker and today their mascot is Andy the Miner 59'er.
It wasn't until 1956 that Frankfort high school adopted the Hot Dogs moniker. Rumor has it a sportswriter from Lafayette said during a game "the players looked like a bunch of hot dogs out there". Ever since then the name stuck. Most people probably think that there is some connection between Frankfort, IN and Frankfurt Hot Dogs, but that's not the case. For years, the school had an actual wiener dog as their mascot but in recent years students have dawned the Fighting Hot Dog suit and patrol the sidelines.
In 1936, 15 Dubois basketball players gathered to discuss what mascot the school should use. During that same time, the popular comic strip "Popeye" had a character known as Jeep. After a long discussion, the players unanimously decided on the Jeeps mascot. The battle cry for the Dubois fans became "Jeep-Jeep-Jeep" which were the only words the comic strip haracter would say. A few years ago the athletic director added "Fighting" to the mascot name to make it more intimidating.
Shoals, Indiana is the home of the Jug Rock; a large free standing table rock made up of a sandstone column. The jug rock formation is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi River. It's only natural that Shoals high school would embrace its town's unique rock structure by naming their mascot the Jug Rox. They aren't the only mascot in the country named after a rock, but they are the only Jug Rox.
In 1923, during a game in Columbus, Indiana, a local sportswriter dubbed the Vincennes Lincoln high school basketball team the Alices because of their Cinderella season. Most believe this was a combination of the fairytale Alice in Wonderland and the Alice of Old Vincennes. Although school officials have never officially adopted the name, the Alices has stuck with the school ever since. In 1983, the mascot Big A was introduced.