“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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Big Stone City Lions
Buffalo Gap Buffaloes
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Camp Crook Woolies
Canton Augustana Academy Knights
Cheyenne Agency Braves
Claire City Comets
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Eagle Butte Warriors
East Lyman Broncos
Elk Point Pointers
Elkton St. Mary’s Saints
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Ft. Pierre Buffaloes
Ft. Thompson Panthers
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Gann Valley Buffaloes
Garden City Dragons
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Howard St. Agatha Agates
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Lake Andes Eagles
Lake City Golden Eagles
Lake Norden Bluejays
Lead St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish
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Madison Eastern Yellowjackets
Madison General Beadle Bluejays
Madison St. Thomas Shamrocks
Marty Mission Braves
Mission Hill Eagles
Mitchell Notre Dame Comets
Monroe Wooden Shoed Canaries
Moody County Comets
Mount Vernon Mustangs
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New Effington Tigers
Nisland Beattoppers (later Mustangs)
Northwestern Lutheran Academy Wildcats
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Pine Ridge Holy Rosary Crusaders
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Rapid City Cathedral Gaels
Rapid City St. Martin’s Kenmars
Ree Heights Warriors
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Salem St. Mary’s Falcons
Sioux Falls Cathedral Irish
South Dakota School for the Deaf Pheasants
South Dakota State Training School Lincoln Loggers
South Shore Comets
Springfield St. Mary’s Saints
Stephan Mission Chieftains
St. Francis Mission Scarlet Warriors
St. Lawrence Wolves
St. Onge Jackrabbits
Sturgis St. Martin’s Ravens
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Valley Springs Wolverines
Vermillion University High Cubs
Vienna Black Panthers
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Ward Academy Lodmeils
Wessington Springs Academy Hornets
West Lyman Raiders
White Lake Indians (later Wolverines)
Willow Lake Pirates
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Gene. W. Smith
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
Have one more, the Vale Beetdiggers 🙂 Have a great day….thanks for doing this….so good
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.
You have omitted the Yale Trojans, and the team of 1952
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.
A Witten native told me it was the Witten Wildcats. He also said – Hamill Pirates, Ideal Tigers and Carter Coyotes
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
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.
Along 281 highway, between Wolsey Cardinals and Tulare Chieftains, was Bonilla Eagles. Nice Job.
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.
Amherst is the Wildcats, not the Eagles. Thanks!
Ardmore Rattlers were a West River team not mentioned yet.
Terry TLG Gilbertson
Wow! Great list. I did not recognize some of the towns.
Great times with the Agar Hi-Pointers.
Corsica Comets. Stickney Raiders.
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.
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.
We played the Lincoln Loggers back in the 60’s … they were from the State Training School near Plankinton.
They were the White Lake Indians when I played in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
It is the Ft. Thompson Panthers not Buffaloes, that was Gann Valley. Also don’t forget the Stephan Chieftains.
Alexandria Beavers. They are now the Hanson Beavers having consolidated with Farmer and Fulton in 1968.
Chester High School Maroons (1945) marked the school’s first time in history they entered the State B tourney.
Hi, My grandmother from Bryant, South Dakota, played for the Scotties. I have been told they actually rode a train to their games. Edna Schanck Halligan was her name. Anybody know of my grandmother scoring a great deal of points in a game? This would of been in the 1920s. She broke our neighbors window out while hitting my pitch in about 1967. She was very athletic. Thanks for your nice work. History Counts!
WHO, WHO, WHO are we??
Mabel A. Eagle Hunter
1959 State B Champions, Cheyenne River Braves, should be added and recognized at the annual banquet.
If I remember correctly East Lyman’s mascot was Broncs, not Broncos.
Being a graduate of neighboring Groton, I’ve long been told it was the Ferney Pheasants.
My father (now 86) played high school basketball for White River (1949-51). He has many times laughed and reminisced about playing basketball in Witten where there was a functioning wood burning stove in THE MIDDLE of the basketball court. Anyone out there have memories, or possibly photographs of this?
Anyone know who sourced the Ward Academy mascot as the Lodmeils? I have not been able to find anyone in the local area that has any knowledge of what or who the Lodmeils were. I was told by locals that they had a very good football team. Thanks for any information.
My father Albert Thorson played basketball at Bradley, SD, and the original mascot was the Bradley Orioles and then after World War II, I believe the mascot was changed to the Bradley Bombers. Harvey Johnston, longtime official and owner of Harve’s Sports Shop in Mitchell, SD, was also a Bradley Oriole.
Summit Eagles. The school is still open, but the Eagles mascot is no longer used for sports. Most sports are with Waubay as the Waubay/Summit Mustangs, and with Wilmot and Waubay for football as the Dakota Hills Grizzlies.
Lake Andes Eagles
In the late 60’s Lake Andes consolidated with Pickstown and Ravinia and was known then as Andes Central Eagles.
My mother graduated from Agar in 1942, and my brother and I graduated from Onida in ‘62 … one of the greatest rivalries in SD history, Agar vs Onida … mom was really conflicted about who to root for!
Howdy ….. Where is Newell? Interior?
I was a cheerleader at Carthage in 51/52. My husband was a standout player for Argonne. Yes, it’s been interesting!
John G. Mogen
Am originally from Waubay, and played varsity for the Dragons. There is a team listed as Waubay St. Joseph’s Pirates. Wonder if that should be from Chamberlain. No such school existed in Waubay.
Mary Jo Koenig
This really is an impressive list – thank you to those who’ve compiled it! While “Broncos” I’d the more noted pick of names these days, my hometown team’s mascot was The Fairfax Broncs. The girls’ teams were The Fairfax Fillies.
I agree. I’m 71, and so I’m old enough to remember many of the old schools on this list. Whether the students got a good education varied, I guess, with the schools. But no one can take away the memories!
Camp Crook “Woolies”. The high school closed in 1944. Fairburn “Cubs.” The high school also closed in 1944. This is a great list!
I am 91, soon to be 92 end of this month. I played football and basketball at Artesian High School. Mascot was Rams and my football coach was Dean Maylem. Anyone know if there are photos of the team? Seems like I played around the year 1941-42. I got a scholarship to play football at General Beadle College. Would welcome response to this posting.