It's a Jungle Out There: Mascot Tales from Texas High Schools

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Texans may believe it is safe to walk the state's highwaysand byways. No recent Comanche raids have been reported and there hasn't been a stage holdup in years. "But be warned!" writes Rob Sledge. "Behind the doors of every high school in the state crouch vicious beasts and savages ready, able and even eager to pounce on the unsuspecting visitor. Texas may appear to be civilized, but 'it's a jungle out there!' In this entertaining yet informative book on Texas high school mascots, Sledge traces the lore and the ...
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Overview

Texans may believe it is safe to walk the state's highwaysand byways. No recent Comanche raids have been reported and there hasn't been a stage holdup in years. "But be warned!" writes Rob Sledge. "Behind the doors of every high school in the state crouch vicious beasts and savages ready, able and even eager to pounce on the unsuspecting visitor. Texas may appear to be civilized, but 'it's a jungle out there!' In this entertaining yet informative book on Texas high school mascots, Sledge traces the lore and the legends, the popular and the pertinent, the original and the obscure, the conventional and the controversial. You will read about Mighty Mites, Porcupines, Battlin' Billies, Wampus Cats, Hippos, Kangaroos, Gorillas, Sharks, Cottonpickers, Roughnecks, Blizzards, and even one school that goes by the Daisies (yes, it's a girls' school). Chapters are devoted to birds, canines, felines, and other critters, as well as historical figures, ranch icons, and, of course, Indians. The most popular team names in Texas are compared with the top choices for U.S. colleges, and readers are invited to have a little fun in matching mascots to movie clues and potential headlines. As far as we know, every high school in Texas is listed at least twice— by school and by mascot—including some that are just opening their doors this fall.

Author Biography: Historian ROB SLEDGE is a former Red Ant, Eagle, Scorpion, Pirate, Red Fox, Mustang, and Longhorn. He has taught Plainsmen, Indians, Mustangs, and Broncos.

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Editorial Reviews

Kerrville Daily Times
". . . perfect for sports fans of any age."
From The Critics
. . . all libraries, especially in schools, can feel comfortable adding
[this book] to their collections.
Review of Texas Books
. . . all libraries, especially in schools, can feel comfortable adding
[this book] to their collections.
East Texas Historical Journal
These pages offer enjoyable opportunities to understand how many of the team titles were selected at more than 1,500 high schools, with 227 different names . . . comprehensive and always joyfully written chapters . . . Anyone seeking specific information about their favorite high school will be particularly grateful for three appendices: Alphabetical Index by Mascot; Alphabetical Index by School; and Mascot-Related School Addresses by the Numbers. This volume is highly informative and thoroughly enjoyable--a true Texas victory on the scoreboard of quality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880510940
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian ROB SLEDGE is a former Red Ant, Eagle, Scorpion, Pirate, Red Fox, Mustang, and Longhorn. He has taught Plainsmen, Indians, Mustangs, and Broncos.

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