School: Sleepy Hollow High School
Town: Sleepy Hollow, New York
Colors: Red and Black
Don’t Believe it?: http://tufsdblogs.org/athletics/
Around 1819, one of America’s first great authors, Washington Irving, published his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. One of the short stories in that collection was his most famous work, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow … the story of a geeky, superstitious school teacher who is most likely scared away from dating the town beauty by the local tough guy, who disguises himself as the horrifying ghost of a Hessian soldier from the Revolution. There were certainly ghost stories before Washington Irving penned his book, but the Horseman is likely the one that has survived the longest in the American consciousness.
When it comes to intimidating opponents, there are likely few mascots that can strike fear quite like the beheaded ghost of an angry German mercenary mounted on some galloping warhorse. One of the news briefs I read told that they actually dress a student as the horseman who gallops in front of the football team as they take the field. That’s pretty awesome! Three cheers to a school that not only honors a great American literary tradition, but likely scares every kid under eight in the stadium.