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The north central Upper Peninsula of Michigan is known for its mining history, more specifically iron ore. The most prominent mineral mined since the 19th century is hematite. Some believe the nickname was first referenced in 1902 at the state championship football game against Benton Harbor. No one knows exactly when the Hematite was officially named the mascot but around 1905 it was referenced in a yearbook and had been adopted ever since.
Kingsford, Mich., is aware of its history and the mascot name represents that. In 1925, the great American innovator Henry Ford moved to Kingsford. Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, was known for his introduction of the Model T. The Model T revolutionized America and transportation. The Model T was often referred in slang as "Tin Lizzy" or "Flivver", which was any small, old car that was inexpensive and had a rough ride. The term faded out in the next couple decades but not in Kingsford.
Goodrich High School is used to the misconception that the school nickname is a space alien. Actually, it's a Roman god of war, Mars. Prior to the 1930s, Goodrich was known as the Gladiators. The school also was called the Goodrich Rural Agricultural Schools, so in the 1930s the Martian nickname was adopted due to the parallel significance that Mars was an agricultural god as well as a warrior.
Pershing High School is named after John J. Pershing, one of America's most decorated soldiers who most notably led American soldiers into World War I. The Doughboys name was first coined for soldiers that crossed the Mexican border to catch Pancho Villa. In this expedition the infantrymen would become covered in adobe dust that was thrown into the air by the cavalry. Later on, this term would be used for all the combat veterans that would go overseas to serve.
Depending on who you ask, the meaning of Nimrod may differ. Watersmeet, Mich., is located in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan, where hunting is a sport and a way of life. A nimrod is a king hunter so odds are, that is the true meaning of this one: a hunter, not an idiot.