Top 5 Most Ridiculous High School Mascots in Minnesota

I suppose they get some points for creativity, but aren’t high school mascots supposed to be fierce, fearsome, and intimidating?  With every level from professional to elementary school, there are countless different mascots, ranging from animals to warriors to colors and everything in between.  Minnesota has some doozies, and in our opinion, these top 5 mascots are sure to NOT strike fear into their opponents’ hearts.

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5. Minneapolis Roosevelt “Teddies” – Yeah, yeah- I get it.  Teddies as in Roosevelt, as in the badass President embodied on Mt. Rushmore who took a bullet during a speech and decided to finish his speech first before getting medical treatment.  No shame in giving him some props.  But a play-on-words translates to a teddy bear for a mascot.


4. Sauk Centre “Mainstreeters” – Famed American author Sinclair Lewis, hailing from Sauk Centre, MN, earned praise and scorn for his novel Main Street, a thinly-veiled depiction of life in small-town Minnesota.  In turn, the town has dubbed their high school teams the “Mainstreeters.”  Awkward.

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3. Grand Meadow “Superlarks” – Not just the “Larks,” (those harmless, tiny birds no bigger than a chickadee), but “Superlarks.” The mascot in question bears resemblance to an eagle on steroids, making you wonder why maybe they just didn’t go with eagles in the first place.

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2.  Blooming Prairie “Awesome Blossoms” – The mascot is a flower. With a rhyming adjective in front of it.  I suppose it relates to the name of the town, but even as the artist who came up the above logo probably realized, it’s difficult to make a flower look tough.

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1. Moorhead “Spuds” –  Being an alumnus of Moorhead High School, I can fully embrace and acknowledge the fact that a potato, (referred to here as a “spud”), is by far the most absurd mascot in the entire state.   Needless to say, our mascot, a piece of food that comes out of the ground, was often a joke among local competitors with phrases like “Mash the Spuds.”

Honorable Mentions: Winona Winhawks, Esko Eskomos, Edgarton Flying Dutchmen.

32 thoughts on “Top 5 Most Ridiculous High School Mascots in Minnesota

  1. The Osakis Silverstreaks… Or just Streaks for short. Because nothing is more intimidating than a naked person running through the gym. Or running mascara after a good crying jag. Or the incidental marks left in your underwear after a bad wipe job. Or the marks left on your windows of you don’t use Windex.
    Actual logo is a silver lightning bolt. Whatever

  2. Try being a high school football or hockey player that has to tell everyone you lost to the Ponies. I can’t remember what high has that nickname, but Stillwater I’m looking in your diection…

  3. As with most of the mascots there is a reason grand meadow chose the Super Lark and not the name Eagle which our mascot resembles. We were the Grand Meadow, Meadow Larks and unlike the other bird mascots ours became a “Super” Lark. You know… like mighty mouse.

  4. Should any of these mascots or names surprise us when they all come from the land of the Golden Gophers? The mighty little buck-toothed rodent. Gaaah.

  5. No points for imagination or creativity? I like unusual mascot names. Way more memorable that Cardinals, Bears, etc. It’s not the name that makes a team fierce. It’s the players.

  6. Not even an honorable mention for the Wabasso Rabbits? We got creamed by them for our Homecoming, and that was embarrasing. They weren’t even the dangerous Monty Python killer rabbits, just plain old rascally rabbits.

  7. I’m a former Moorhead Spud too, and I thought it was quite novel. Now I live in a town that used to have the nickname Killowatts, because of the local dam. Our mascot used to be a lightning bolt, but everyone loved it.

  8. You didn’t go back far enough. I think Faribault were the Fairies in 1936 or earlier.

    AND……Blossoms are also on Cactus & Yucca plants, no one wants to mess with those plants.

    It was fun to read all the names though. GOOD WORK!!

  9. I disagree. Is there a rule they have to be fierce? I think of a mascot as something that represents you. If you can find wit and have some fun to do that, why not?!

  10. Many years ago I too was a Spud and always enjoy folks reaction when I share it here in California. GO SPUDS!! We beat the Midgets of Fargo.

  11. Super late, but c’mon. Minneapolis’ Washburn Miller! Deserves the spot over the Teddies!!!
    Bakers SCREAM fear and terror

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