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Young Mascots in North Carolina Yearbooks



Harold F. Krauss, Jr., Mascot of the Troy High School Senior Class, 1927

While we typically associate a school mascot with a large, costumed character or animal, young children also served as mascots in many North Carolina High Schools and Colleges. Several examples can be found in the digitized yearbooks from the Wayne County Public Library which are now available at  This Flickr set shows other young mascots in yearbooks from across North Carolina.


Other than a name and an adorable picture, none of the yearbooks give much information about the children, how they were chosen, or what duties came with being a mascot. Officially, a mascot is any person, item, or animal thought to bring luck so hopefully these young children brought good fortune to their schools.

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