The Search for a Mascot

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One of the pressing matters facing Whitworth students in the 1920s was settling on a mascot for the college’s varsity athletics teams. “Whitworthians” was commonly used, but was unpopular; it just didn’t have that “ring” to it. In the spring of 1926, a student executive presented the student body with suggestions including “Lynx,” “Spartans,” “Tigers,” “Bantams,” “Panthers,” “Huns,” and “Trojans.” Still, nothing stuck. Finally, a group of athletes came forward with “Pirates,” which the student body adopted in an election held on December 14, 1926; the basketball jerseys that year displayed the pirate head for the first time.

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