When Gull Lake Community Schools were formed in the mid-1960s, the school committee decided that the school popular vote should decide the new mascot. All of the schools in the community were involved from the elementary to high school.
The top choices the students picked were from popular college teams and universities such as the Duke University Blue Devils and the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, controversy has followed the mascot for over 30 years in the Gull Lake community.
A group in the community opposed of the look of the Blue Devil mascot, taking the devil reference to the Bible. The city of Richland has strong religious ties with more churches than most other surrounding communities.
People might be surprised, though, to discover the blue devil mascot’s origin is more military and patriotic than religious.
In the podcast below, Caidyn Hutchinson and I explore the contentious history of the Gull Lake Blue Devil mascot and its significance.
- I'm a senior at Gull Lake High School and this is my first year on The Reflection staff, so I guess you could call me a newspaper newbie. I joined the newspaper sort of on a whim because I wanted to put the skills I learned in Multimedia and Reporting to work, but I'm here to stay and enjoy the ride. I like to write feature articles because I love the facet of newspaper that is giving people an outlet to speak their minds.