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.