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San Antonio, TX
These aren't "buttons" that you'll find on your shirt. The little rattler at the tip of a baby snake's tail is called a button, and as rattlesnakes mature, they grow another rattle section each time they molt. The mascot pays tribute to St. Mary's University in San Antonio, also a Marianist institution, whose mascot is the Rattler. Central Catholic is the only school in the country to claim Buttons as its mascot.
Football made its debut at Hamlin in the fall of 1921 under the direction of J.C. Tittle. It was at some point shortly following the organization of this gridiron team, that it was determined the school needed a mascot. Two correspondences relate that it was Tittle who suggested the team adopt the mascot Pied Pipers. However, one theory suggests that the mascot was named through a class taught by Margaret Bledsoe. It was the perfect fit for the community of Hamlin, as related to the children's book written by Robert Browning entitled: The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Stormy the Skeeter is the school mascot for the various athletic teams (all known with some variant of the word Skeeter). MHS students became known as Skeeters in 1944. This was a simplification of the traditional Mesquiters, which had been the previous mascot name for the school.
Nazareth, Texas, is home to the Swifts and Swiftettes. The swift fox is a quick, cunning animal native to the Texas Panhandle. The story goes that in the early 1940s a student from the Stork family brought a swift fox to school that had been trapped on the family farm to be viewed by his science class. The movement for this animal to be the school mascot took off from there. It was preserved and mounted by the teacher and displayed in the trophy case for a number of years. Nazareth students have been very competitive over the years in both academic and athletic events, capturing the cunning and speedy attributes of the swift fox.
New Braunfels, TX
Unicorn was first used as the mascot at New Braunfels High School in 1928. It was suggested because it was believed to be the prominent character on the coat of arms of Prince Solms, founder of the town. The school's belief: The unicorn is the most noble and courageous of all beasts; the unicorn is gentle and benign; in combat, ferocious and powerful; the unicorn represents the finest qualities of the animal kingdom. The head of a horse signifies intelligence; the twisted horn, unity; the body of a lion, spirit and sportsmanship; and, the feet of a deer, swiftness.