Choosing a Mascot For Your School

The mascot that you choose will become an indelible part of your school’s culture. Because your mascot will so strongly represent your school, choosing a mascot is an important decision to make. You must carefully select a mascot that not only represents what your school is all about, but that also captivates and relates with your student body. But with plenty of colorful animals, humanoids and creatures to choose from, how do you make the right mascot choice? To help you with choosing a mascot that is perfect for your school, we are going to explore the steps that you should take in the process.
Take a look at your school’s name and identity
Your school’s name and unique identity can have a huge impact on what makes sense for a mascot choice. For example if your school is known for its fierce competitiveness, then a warrior or Spartan design could work. If, on the other hand, your school is steeped in local history, then you could create a unique mascot that represents this.
Consider your school’s location
Choosing an animal mascot that is designed based off of a creature that lives near or on your school grounds just makes sense. Because your students encounter a creature regularly or constantly think about it because it is in the area, they can easily identify with it. This applies to both real and fictional creatures. Some schools in New Jersey, for example, do a great job of using the relatability of the fictional creature the Jersey Devil, which is said to live in the woods in the state.
Think about your school colours
A huge part of school pride is representing your school’s colours. Whatever they are, your mascot should be representing them. This doesn’t mean that you need to have a purple and green animal because those happen to be your school’s colours (unless that is what you want to do). All mascots, including the animals, can wear clothes; you can have their apparel designed in the colour of your choosing.
Consider which sport(s) your mascot will be representing for
If your school has multiple sports and you plan on using a single mascot for all of them, then its design shouldn’t favour a particular sport. On the other hand, if you are a single-sport school or you plan on having different iterations of your mascot for each sport, then a sport-specific design would be perfect for your school.
Hold a mascot design contest
One of the best ways to develop a strong connection between your mascot and those who matter most to your school, its students, is to choose a mascot design that was created by the students themselves. You can make this happen by holding a mascot design contest and then either choosing the best design yourself, or allowing your students to vote on the design that they like the best. When holding such a contest, be sure to use all of the factors listed above as criteria and guidelines for how students should develop their mascot design concepts.
Choosing a mascot for your school doesn’t have to rack your brain
Despite your mascot’s importance to your school, choosing the perfect one doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, following the tips listed above will make the process a breeze. Contact Hogtown Mascots and we’ll transform your ideas into custom mascots.