Before the Bulldogs…
Before Bulldogs roamed the halls of Moffat County High School, the athletics teams were known as the Mavericks.
It it wasn’t for a group of athletes in the 1920s who thought the nickname and emblem weren’t tough enough, the school’s mascot might still be an unbranded calf.
Before 1921, the athletics teams simply were known as Craig High School. A large ‘C’ was the depiction on athletics uniforms. Then, in September of 1921, a school publication called The Maverick began, and with it was born a mascot for the athletics teams.
In its first issue, The Maverick stated it chose the name because “it roams at will, being an expression of free speech. We attempt to keep it within the bounds of reason, but there is no definite limit drawn.”
For eight years, the athletes of Moffat County wore the symbol — a boy roping a maverick.
Then, in December 1928, the “C” Club formed and the group’s first order of business was to change the mascot. Members of the “C” Club consisted of men who earned letters in high school football, basketball, baseball or track. The choices for new mascots included Blue Devils, Pirates, Bulldogs and Oilers.
They were set to vote on the matter later that month, but a flu epidemic stopped the voting.
By February 1929, the “C” Club had met once again and decided on Bulldogs as the new nickname.
In the February issue of The Maverick, the reasoning for the change was because the new emblem looked better. “It is a cunning and at the same time ferocious head of a bulldog,” the school paper reported.
In the same issue, a letter from the editor appeared. “Is a ‘bulldog’ a hybrid of a bull and a dog?… If the newspaper follows the footsteps of the athletes, perhaps the paper will be ‘Gr-r-r Growl’ of ‘Bow-Bow,'” the article said.
The paper did indeed follow suit.
After holding a competition, The Maverick became the Craig Tribune.
So is there a chance that the Bulldog name will ever change?
“No,” Athletics Director Jim Loughran said. “Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.”
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