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Burrton Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Mascot

Posted 12/7/2017

By Jared JanzenHANNAH Watson and Brian Meyers are among the journalism students at Burrton High School who have been researching the 50-year anniversary of the school’s Charger mascot. Here they’re holding yearbooks from 1978, 1979, 1982 and 2014 that depict some of the different designs the Charger has had over the years.HANNAH Watson and Brian Meyers are among the journalism students at Burrton High School who have been researching the 50-year anniversary of the school’s Charger mascot. Here they’re holding yearbooks from 1978, 1979, 1982 and 2014 that depict some of the different designs the Charger has had over the years.

BURRTON—Burrton hasn’t always been home to the Chargers. This year marks the 50-year anniversary of Burrton High School having the Charger mascot. Before that they were the Eagles. 

Since September, students in Kelli Zehr’s journalism class have researched the interesting history of how Burrton came to be the home of the Chargers.

“I didn’t even know that we switched, and that’s what surprised me,” said senior Brian Meyers, one of Zehr’s students.

The journalism students were able to find documentation of the Eagles mascot as far back as the 1940s up until 1967.

The switch from Eagles to Chargers resulted from Burrton School District’s short-lived merger with Mount Hope School District that year. Mount Hope was known as the Mustangs, and neither school wanted to use the other’s mascot.

“We had the discussion of whether we should be an Eagle or a Mustang, and I guess the Mustang and Eagle both just got thrown out of the way for the Chargers,” Meyers said. 

Meyers interviewed several former students and teachers during the research process and wrote about his findings in the November edition of the Charger Courier, the school newspaper.

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