Laurel Hill School Mascot Nominated as Best Prep Mascot

Laurel Hill School’s “Hoboes” mascot has been nominated for the USA Today High School Sports Best High School Mascot 2013. 

The USA Today High School Sports staff has chosen 255 of the nation’s most unique high school mascots – five per state.  Five schools from each state are battling for the top prize of $2,000. Second prize is $1,000; third prize, $500; and fourth prize, $250.  State voting runs through March 5, with 51 winners moving to the regional round, where voting will take place from March 6 – 14. The six regional winners will then battle it out for the top prize in the national round March 15 – 25.

According to USA Today High School Sports, “The railroad came through Laurel Hill decades ago, likely inspiring the school’s mascot name, the Hobo.  One of the dictionary definitions of a hobo is a migratory worker. Laurel Hill is the only school in America to use the Hoboes as its mascot.”

Other Florida schools nominated for this award include: the Fighting Ducks from Conerstone Charter Academy, the Key West Conchs, Lakeland Dreadnaughts, and the Tarpon Springs Spongers.

“We are trying to get the word out,” said Kent Zessin, Laurel Hill’s athletic director.  “Our students and staff take great pride in our mascot and it would be great to get the support of the rest of the area for this.”

How can you help? Vote, and vote often before March 5th! Go to to cast your vote.