“The Old Schools” Gone But Not Forgotten

This is a partial list of South Dakota high schools and their mascots that have closed or consolidated. Their basketball traditions should not be forgotten. We wish to acknowledge these schools and their players, coaches and supporters. Is your old school on this list? Do you know a school that should be included? Let us know and leave a comment:

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Agar Hi-Pointers

Akaska Raiders

Alexandria Beavers

Alpena Wildcats

Amherst Wildcats

Andover Gorillas

Ardmore Rattlers

Argonne Arrows

Artesian Rams

Ashton Cardinals

Astoria Comets

Athol Arrows

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Bancroft Eagles

Barnard Bears

Bath Warriors

Belvidere Comets

Big Stone City Lions

Blunt Monarchs

Bonesteel Tigers

Bonilla Eagles

Bradley Bombers

Brandt Bulldogs

Brentford Braves

Bridgewater Wildcats

Bristol Pirates

Bruce Bees

Bryant Scotties

Buffalo Gap Buffaloes

Burbank Owls

Burke Bulldogs

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Canning Coyotes

Canova Eagles

Canton Augustana Academy Knights

Carthage Eagles

Cavour Cougars

Chancellor Wildcats

Claire City Comets

Claremont Honkers

Clark Comets

Colman Wildcats

Colton Panthers

Conde Spartans

Corona Midgets

Corsica Comets

Cottonwood Coyotes

Columbia Comets

Cresbard Comets

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Dallas Coyotes

Dante Gophers

Davis Bulldogs

Deadwood Bears

Delmont Wildcats

Doland Wheelers

Draper Bulldogs

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Eagle Butte Warriors

East Lyman Broncos

Egan Bluejays

Elk Point Pointers

Elkton St. Mary’s Saints

Emery Eagles

Erwin Arrows

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Fairfax Broncos

Farmer Orioles

Fedora Tigers

Florence Flyers

Forestburg Buccaneers

Frankfort Falcons

Franklin Flyers

Frederick Vikings

Ft. Pierre Buffaloes

Ft. Thompson Panthers

Fulton Pirates

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Gann Valley Buffaloes

Garden City Dragons

Gary Tigers

Gayville Orioles

Geddes Rams

Glenham Eagles

Goodwin Eagles

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Harrold Cardinals

Hartford Pirates

Hayti Redbirds

Hazel Mustangs

Hecla Rockets

Henry Owls

Hetland Broncos

Hitchcock Bluejays

Holabird Cardinals

Hosmer Tigers

Howard St. Agatha Agates

Hudson Trojans

Humboldt Eagles

Hurley Bulldogs

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Interior Cubs

Irene Cardinals

Isabel Wildcats

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Java Panthers

Jefferson Blackhawks

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Kadoka Kougars

Kennebec Canaries

Keystone Dynamiters

Kidder Tigers

Kimball Kiotes

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Lake City Golden Eagles

Lake Norden Bluejays

Lane Trojans

Lead St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish

Lebanon Bulldogs

Leola Pirates

Lesterville Tigers

Letcher Tigers

Lily Wildcats

Logan Arrows

Loyalton Lions

Lyons Lions

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Madison Eastern Yellowjackets

Madison General Beadle Bluejays

Madison St. Thomas Shamrocks

Martin Warriors

Marty Mission Braves

Meckling Panthers

Melette Terriers

Mission Hill Eagles

Mitchell Notre Dame Comets

Monroe Wooden Shoed Canaries

Montrose Irish

Moody County Comets

Mount Vernon Mustangs

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New Effington Tigers

Nisland Beattoppers (later Mustangs)

Northville Panthers

Northwestern Lutheran Academy Wildcats

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Oacoma Hawks

Oglala Indians

Okaton Bulldogs

Oldham Dragons

Olivet Eagles

Onaka Pirates

Onida Warriors

Orient Hawks

Orland Eagles

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Peever Panthers

Pickstown Engineers

Piedmont Hawks

Pierpont Panthers

Pine Ridge Holy Rosary Crusaders

Plankinton Pirates

Plano Panthers

Pollock Bulldogs

Polo Bears

Presho Wolves

Provo Rattlers

Pukwana Wildcats

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Quinn Quintuplets

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Ramona Rockets

Rapid City Cathedral Gaels

Rapid City St. Martin’s Kenmars

Ravinia Bears

Raymond Redwings

Ree Heights Warriors

Reliance Longhorns

Rockham Trojans

Roscoe Hornets

Roslyn Vikings

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Salem Cubs

Salem St. Mary’s Falcons

Seneca Bluejays

Sherman Tigers

Sinai Rebels

Sioux Falls Cathedral Irish

Spencer Cardinals

South Dakota School for the Deaf Pheasants

South Dakota State Training School Lincoln Loggers

South Shore Comets

Springfield Trojans

Springfield St. Mary’s Saints

Stephan Mission Chieftains

Stickney Raiders

St. Francis Mission Scarlet Warriors

St. Lawrence Wolves

St. Onge Jackrabbits

Strandburg Tigers

Stratford Vikings

Sturgis St. Martin’s Ravens

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Tabor Cardinals

Thomas Tigers

Thorpe Wolves

Trent Warriors

Toronto Vikings

Tripp Wildcats

Tulare Chieftains

Turton Frogs

Tyndall Panthers

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Vale Beetdiggers

Valley Springs Wolverines

Veblen Cardinals

Vermillion University High Cubs

Viborg Vikings

Vienna Black Panthers

Virgil Pirates

Vivian Bearcats

Volin Bluejays

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Wakonda Warriors

Wallace Bulldogs

Ward Academy Lodmeils

Wasta Flyers

Waubay Dragons

Waubay St. Joseph’s Pirates

Waverly Woodchucks

Wentworth Warriors

Wessington Warriors

Wessington Springs Academy Hornets

West Lyman Raiders

White Wildcats

White Lake Indians (later Wolverines)

Winfred Warriors

Willow Lake Pirates

Witten Tigers

Wolsey Cardinals

Wood Bulldogs

Worthing Eagles

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Yale Trojans

 

Comments (23)

  • Gene. W. Smith

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    This is an impressive list, it is so hard to believe that so many schools have closed. It is the sign of the times I guess. Looking over the list, can you captalize Tigers on the Thomas name? The new building looks beautiful, can’t wait for the dedication. Smitty

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  • Merri Stapp

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    Have one more, the Vale Beetdiggers 🙂 Have a great day….thanks for doing this….so good

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  • Jon Anderson

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    I really enjoy reading your website and the updated posts and comments that you make on it. I sure recognize a lot of those schools who no longer exist….too bad but that is part of why we no longer travel in covered wagons and have party lines on our phones!
    Keep up the good work that you do.
    Jon

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  • Al Lawrence

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    You have omitted the Yale Trojans, and the team of 1952

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  • Louis Geditz

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    Hard not to feel a bit sad when seeing all those closed schools. There is one small edit that should be made. The “Onaha” Pirates, should actually be Onaka.

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  • Mike Oakland

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    A Witten native told me it was the Witten Wildcats. He also said – Hamill Pirates, Ideal Tigers and Carter Coyotes

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  • Shannon Begeman

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    Isabel Wildcats are missing from the list. 3rd place finish in 1990 State B tourney, 7th place in 1997 and home of 1990 Mr Basketball Brent Lindskov

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  • Holter

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    Add Bruce Bee’s
    Henry Owl’s

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  • Curt Nettinga

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    I see that the Wessington Warriors are on the list. If you have included them – the Wolsey Cardinals must be included as well. I graduated Wolsey High School and at that time, Wessington was our biggest rival. Now, however, the schools are combined and the Warbirds are carrying on the proud tradition of both schools.

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  • Rich Krull

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    Spencer Cardinals

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  • Doug Tipton

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    Along 281 highway, between Wolsey Cardinals and Tulare Chieftains, was Bonilla Eagles. Nice Job.

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  • Irene Whitmyre

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    My husband was supt. of schools at Logan Consolidated School 1945-48. The buildings are no longer standing, but there is a sign on a fence post by the side of the road. I have pictures! Jerry Lohr, who now has a winery in California ….. was the son of a schoolboard member at that time. Other names I recall were Bonnie Logan, Beverly Foiles, the Mehlbergs and the Hurlberts. My husband was the coach, the janitor, and taught classes. I cannot remember the name of the dear lady who taught English.

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  • Steven Bruce

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    Amherst is the Wildcats, not the Eagles. Thanks!

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  • Steven Bruce

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    Ardmore Rattlers were a West River team not mentioned yet.

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  • Terry TLG Gilbertson

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    Wow! Great list. I did not recognize some of the towns.

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  • Jorge Toro

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    Great times with the Agar Hi-Pointers.

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  • Luke Bamberg

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    Corsica Comets. Stickney Raiders.

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  • Jim Chilson

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    Great list. Stirs up a lot of memories. Many schools on that list are still open but in consolidated form or in school coops. The towns are still represented but under different names. One of the newer coops is Clark-Willow Lake. Their new name is the Tornadoes but Clark used to be the Comets. I see you have the Willow Lake Pirates but not the Clark Comets. Great job on the list.

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  • Jason Wenzel

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    Plankinton Pirates; Mount Vernon Mustangs; Kimball Kiotes; White Lake Wolverines (They were something before that … Indians?); East Lyman ?; West Lyman ?; Alpena/Woonsocket Wildmen (Football only); Alpena/Wessington Springs Wild Spartans; Artesian/Letcher Rebels became Sanborn Central Rebels; Doland/Conde Chargers.

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  • Kelly Tobin

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    We played the Lincoln Loggers back in the 60’s … they were from the State Training School near Plankinton.

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  • Chris Miller

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    They were the White Lake Indians when I played in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

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  • Richard Coleman

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    It is the Ft. Thompson Panthers not Buffaloes, that was Gann Valley. Also don’t forget the Stephan Chieftains.

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  • Lee Thomas

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    Alexandria Beavers. They are now the Hanson Beavers having consolidated with Farmer and Fulton in 1968.

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