The Ori­gin of the Springville High School “Red Devil” Mas­cot

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By M. Lee Tay­lor

The ori­gin of the “Red Devil” mas­cot of Springville High School is of­ten at­tached to an er­ror which has been per­pet­u­ated in his­tory. It has of­ten been stated that when they built the orig­i­nal high school build­ings in ei­ther 1909 or 1914, some of the Red Devil Ce­ment bags were found at the con­struc­tion site, which gave the im­pe­tus to claim the “Red Devil” as the school mas­cot.

The Red Devil Ce­ment company was founded at Devils Slide some­time around 1909, how­ever there is no in­di­ca­tion that any of the Red Devil Ce­ment was used in con­struc­tion of the orig­i­nal High School build­ings. How­ever, it is a fact that some of the Red Devil Ce­ment bags were found on the site of the con­struc­tion of the Art Gallery in 1936. So, what was the ori­gin of the “Red Devils” as the mas­cot for the high school?

In an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the Springville Her­ald on March 26, 1936, en­ti­tled “Ath­letic Achieve­ments of Springville High”, long time teacher and Springville High School booster, James F. Win­gate gave an ac­count of the ori­gin of the “Red Devil” name.

“A.O. Peter­son who fol­lowed Baxter as coach es­tab­lished a most en­vi­able record dur­ing the three years he was here. Win­ning the di­vi­sion ev­ery year in foot­ball and bas­ket­ball, the Utah County track meet one year and in 1921 the state bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship. It was in the state tour­na­ment of 1921 that our school was dubbed the fight­ing “Red Devils.” Their ef­forts were crowned with suc­cess supreme when on the last

night they nosed out the much touted Dixie team by two points. The game had to go one ex­tra pe­riod and Paul Thorn,

later coach of the Springville Red Devils, made the de­cid­ing bas­ket. This team went to the na­tional tour­na­ment and while they did not win, they played well and fought hard for glory of the

Springville High.” To quote the above ref­er­enced ar­ti­cle, “It was in the state tour­na­ment of 1921 that our school was dubbed the fight­ing ‘Red Devils’”.

So, the “Red Devil” was ini­ti­ated by de­ter­mi­na­tion and achieve­ment in 1921, and so­lid­i­fied in con­crete in 1936.

Re­searched by M. Lee Tay­lor.

Sub­mit­ted by Lee Tay­lor

Red Devil ce­ment bag from ~1936.

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