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The town of Bolivar was named for Venezuelan military and political leader Simon Bolivar, who was critical in the fight for independence from Spain. But until the early 1950s, the school's nickname was the Tigers. In 1948, Presidents Romulo Gallagos and Harry S. Truman dedicated a statue of Bolivar to the town on the 137th year of Venezuelan independence. Three years later, students voted to change the nickname to honor him.
The 1913-14 basketball season not only brought Columbia High School - as Hickman was known then - an undefeated season, but also a nickname that is approaching a century old. The school secretary owned a Kewpie doll, popular figurines then, and she kept it on her desk. At one of the first basketball games in December 1913, she placed her Kewpie doll in the center of the court (for some reason, the officials apparently were cool with this), and the entire game was played around it without it being broken. Because it survived the game and brought a victory, it was considered the good luck mascot. There is even a picture of that Kewpie doll beneath Sam Church, the team captain, in the team photograph from the 1914 yearbook.
In the 1920s, coach L.E. Zeigler was angry with his team for being lazy at practice, so he gathered the players, called them a bunch of spoofhounds and ordered them to go home. The term came from a plaster-of-Paris dog that Zeigler recalled seeing at a carnival. Intrigued by the dog, he asked a carnival worker about it and was told that dog was known for being lazy. It started a fun-loving craze of players calling each other spoofhounds and eventually it stuck, becoming the official nickname.
Multiple theories exist as to how Putnam County became known as the Midgets, and many of those point back to the football and basketball teams being small in size compared with opponents. It is uncertain precisely when the nickname was adopted or to which team it referred, but some evidence has it dating back nearly 100 years.
West Plains, MO
A zizzer means the best in a specific field, and became popular at West Plains when Phoebe Davidson, a member of the faculty, exclaimed, "What a zizzer!" when she saw a booklet presented to her by the senior class in 1908. The school newspaper was later named the Zizzerette and the term became linked with the school.