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Built in 1991, the nickname was a tribute to the soldiers serving as part of Operation Desert Shield in the first Gulf War.
Dayton is a very windy place. Dayton is a rather dusty place. Add those together, and the tiny tornadoes known as dust devils with dirt, leaves and debris spinning together can be seen most everywhere in Dayton. School officials say they are the most common site in the town.
Every fall, this small town is overtaken by the migration of male tarantulas traveling across the desert to find a mate, covering the roads and outnumbering humans. Residents find them in their houses, climbing up their screen doors. As a tribute to the world's largest tarantula migration, the school adopted the frightening creatures as a mascot.
The ranching/farming community chose a nickname to represent young men who broke wild horses and herded cows. There is still a picture of players from the school's basketball team traveling by train to Chicago for a tournament more than 80 years ago and they're representing the Buckaroos by dressing in cowboy hats, boots and chaps.
Immediately north of Hawthorne is Walker Lake, also known as the home of a serpent much like the Loch Ness monster without quite as much fame. But Cecil has no reason to be jealous of Nessie's fame, because in these parts, Cecil is king. During the annual Armed Forces celebration, Cecil - not the real sea serpent (he probably wouldn't like walking on concrete) but a replica - gets to lead the parade.