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You could say that Norwalk High School has gone through an identity crisis or two over the years. At one time it was the Phantoms, then the Raiders, now the Truckers. In 1948, Norwalk went through its most recent renaming. The Truckers were selected by coach Grant Walls and the athletic board in 1948 because Norwalk was home to the headquarters of both Norwalk Truck Line and W.L. Mead Co. With two large trucking companies in the town it only seemed appropriate for the local high school to show its appreciation.
In 1936, there was a contest to name the school's new mascot. Frederic Reed Jr., a Crooksville High School basketball player, won the contest by submitting the newly approved name of the Ceramics. This was extremely popular because of the thriving potteries located in Crooksville during that time period. Crooksville, Ohio is nicknamed "Potterytown U.S.A.”.
In the 1900s the Glenville community was home to many railroad workers. The workers were known as tarblooders. These workers used stakes and tar to get the railroad tracks to stay on the ground. The tar often splashed on their faces and arms causing them to bleed. Many say it looked as if they were sweating blood. Today, Glenville High School is home to the Tarblooders. This mascot is half man and half robot, symbolizing fearlessness and ethics.
Duncan Falls, OH
In the early 1920s an Ohio power company built a power plant in the town of Philo. At the time, the plant was one of the most technologically advanced power plants in the world. The plant provided hundreds of jobs to people of the area. The athletic teams adopted the name Electrics to honor this connection to the power plant and was adopted in the 1930s. The power plant stopped being used in the mid-1970s but the Electrics live on.
In 1963, Shenandoah High School was built. There was no debate as to what to name the school and mascot. In 1925, the USS Shenandoah, a Zeppelin airship, embarked on a promotional flight to the Midwest. The airship was caught up in thunderstorms over Ohio when it was torn apart due to the turbulence causing it to crash in Caldwell, Ohio. The pieces landed in various parts of the county.