When I first moved away from the Chicago suburbs out to the boonies in the early 1980's, I discovered that things were way different when it comes to naming high school mascots.

High school athletes participate in fall, winter and spring sports such as football, basketball, volleyball and cross-country, proudly wearing their their school colors and mascots. Sure you got the usual names, like the Tigers, the Eagles and Wildcats, however some rather unusual Illinois high school mascot names.

Local Schools:

  • Alden-Hebron High School Green Giants
  • Freeport High School Pretzels
  • Hampshire High School Whip-Purs
  • Genoa-Kingston High School Cogs
  • South Beloit High School SOBOs
  • DeKalb High School Barbs
  • Rochelle Township High School Hubs

Downstate Schools

    • Cobden High School Appleknockers
    • Wethersfield High School Flying Geese
Hoopestown Cornjerkers (hoopeston.k12.il.us Photo)
  • Hoopeston Area High School Cornjerkers
  • Teutopolis High School Wooden Shoes
  • Effingham High School Flaming Hearts
  • Centralia High School Orphans
  • Fisher High School Bunnies
  • New Berlin High School Pretzels
  • Polo High School Marcos
  • Bloom High School Blazing Trojans
  • Springfield High School Senators
  • Zion-Benton High School Zee-Bees
  • Saint Patrick High School Shamrocks
  • Dieterich High School Movin’ Maroons
  • Southwestern High School Piasa Birds
  • South Fork High School Ponies
  • New Trier Township High School Trevians
  • Lake Forest Academy Caxys
  • Rock Island High School Rocks
  • Lincoln Community High School Railsplitters
  • Illinois Valley Central High School Grey Ghosts
  • Monticello High School Sages
  • Argo Community High School Fighting Argonauts
  • DeKalb High School Barbs
  • Elk Grove High School Grenadiers
  • Carbondale Community High School Terriers
  • East Aurora High School Tomcats
  • Elgin Academy Hilltoppers
  • Farmington Central High School Farmers
  • Freeburg Community High School Midgets
  • Fulton High School Steamers
  • Plano High School Reapers
  • Prophetstown High School Prophets
  • Steinmetz College Prep Silver Streaks
  • Tremont High School Turks
  • Vandalia High School Vandals
  • University Laboratory High School Gargoyles