Next fall, South Garner High School will be home of the (your suggestion here).
South Garner principal Roderic Brewington is asking the public for suggestions on the new school’s mascot.
On the school’s Twitter page @SouthGarnerHS, Brewington posted a link to a Google Form which asks “What should South Garner High School’s mascot be?” So far it has received more than 275 nominations. The formal announcement will be made at the school during a March 6 open house.
“I really want the students and the general public to have some say-so,” Brewington said. “I thought Twitter would be a good medium to reach out and get some input and hear some feedback from some people and, as we make some decisions, get a feel for what the pulse of the people is.”
The school’s colors will not be decided until after the mascot has been picked. Brewington said he hopes to hire an athletic director soon, and the AD will be in charge of ordering uniforms for next fall.
As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, “Gamecocks” led the way with 24 votes, outpacing Gators (18), Titans (17) and Grizzlies (17). Other names garnering more than five votes include: Raiders (8), Dragons (7), Gladiators (7), Foxes (6) and Bison (5).
But it won’t be as simple as automatically going with whatever mascot gets the most votes, Brewington said.
For one, it can’t be a nickname already used by another Wake County high school, “and there may be some other things the general person wasn’t thinking of,” Brewington said.
That eliminates the Spartans – which has 22 votes and support from those who think the mascot would be a suitable counter to Garner High’s Trojans. It also eliminates the Rams, which has support from those who want the name to pay tribute to the pre-consolidation Garner High mascot.
Brewington said he wants the mascot to stand out, but not to the extent that some minor league baseball teams take it.
“There’s a lot of Tigers, a lot of Lions. A lot of the main, tough animals have been used repeatedly,” Brewington said. “We would like to be a bit unique in what we do, but not so far out of the box people have to Google to figure out what it is before they recognize it. We want a happy medium where we’re not too unique but not too far away from everybody.”
According to the Massey Ratings, the 10 most popular team nicknames in the United States are: Eagles (1,305 teams across pro, college and high school sports), Tigers (961), Panthers (873), Bulldogs (866), Wildcats (764), Warriors (764), Lions (624), Cougars (562), Knights (491) and Mustangs (453).
A few of the suggestions are a bit off the wall – Banana Slug, Salamander, Goats, Grits, Locomotives and Donald J. Trump – but perhaps more bizarre is that five suggestions have been made for the Trojans, which is Garner High’s mascot.
“Don’t break tradition!” says one comment while suggesting the Trojans.
South Garner will play varsity sports in its first year, with just freshmen and sophomores, except for football. The school will join crosstown foe Garner and nearby Middle Creek in the South Wake Athletic Conference.
South Garner High is currently home to Garner High’s students and faculty while their school undergoes renovations. They will return to their own school in the fall.