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Some schools opt for intimidating mascots. Then there’s Archbishop Chapelle. Former school president Beth Johnson used to tell new students the following about the school’s Chipmunks mascot: “The alert Chipmunk is perhaps the most cheerful and friendly animal in the countryside … Her arms are open wide to welcome everyone to her family.” The all-girls school adopted the mascot in 1964 through a student vote.
In Native American folklore, a wampus cat is half-woman, half-mountain cat. Though various stories explain the wampus cat's origin, it's a fearsome creature no matter whom you ask. Leesville's school officials aren't entirely sure how the school got its mascot, but say the school embraces it - inside the school you'll find a stuffed bobcat and a bronzed expression of a wampus cat.
New Orleans, LA
We'll let McDonogh 35's website do the honors: "The Roneagle is a most extraordinary bird. It is fashioned in solid iron and is the mightiest, swiftest and most resourceful of all winged creatures. It takes four years to develop from an eagle to an adult Roneagle. The hard-core iron diet that is fed daily helps to develop the birds' power and character."
Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge is French for Red Stick. So St. Joseph's Academy pays homage to its hometown with the Red Stickers. What's not so obvious is how Baton Rouge got its name. According to the city office, many stories explain the origin. But the most credible tale is that the Houma and Bayagoulas Native American tribes used a stick reddened by animal blood to mark the boundaries between their land.
Sulphur has a great mascot, even if it's named after a not-so-great moment in the town history. In 1918, a hurricane struck the Sulphur area without warning the same day a tornado touched down. The storms left very few businesses standing and severely damaged the school. The "Golden Tornadoes" mascot was about the only good thing to come from that day.