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If you went to Blaine, you could theoretically hop across the border to Canada during an off period, grab a burger and still make it back to class in time. The school is that close to the border between the U.S. and Canada. In fact, it's less than 2 miles. Hench the Blaine "Borderites."
Historically, the giant paper mill in town has been the chief employer in Camas. Hence the high school's nickname. The paper mill went up in 1883 and is still around, but it's a fraction of what it once was. Though plenty of technology companies have now opened up shop in Camas, the Papermakers nickname remains as a nod to the town's past.
Richland's mascot has a double meaning. According to the school, the Bombers nickname first came about because a handful of local employees donated a day's pay to help raise money to purchase a military bomber during World War II. The plane, coined "A Day's Pay," became the school's mascot. The logo, meanwhile, is a mushroom cloud because much of the petroleum used in the atomic bomb was manufactured in town.
When Ridgefield opened back in the early 1900s, the community was a potato and pruning hotbed. Luckily, potatoes won out over prunes when deciding the nickname. The Spudders have been around ever since. Ridgefield is still a big farming community, but it's moved toward livestock over the years.
In lumber-industry lore, high climbers are the first ones to go into the woods. They venture out alone to the highest trees in the densest areas, setting things up for the rest of the crew. It’s traditionally the most difficult, dangerous job in logging. Considering the lumber industry has long been a driver of Shelton’s economy, Highclimbers is a fitting nickname.