2013-08-16 / Community

A Window on the Past

Student-selected Mahoney Raider lives on
By Craig Skelton
South Portland Historical Society

I remind folks to look up, especially when walking along a sidewalk surrounded by old buildings. You can miss a lot when not looking up. Such may not be the case if you have attended a student function at the Mahoney Middle School auditorium. Larger than life is the image of the Mahoney Raider that adorns the wall high above the stage, so large in fact that you won’t have to look up to notice it.

At my daughter’s last choral concert, I pondered the origin of the larger than life mascot looming lampRecyclePrintAD_ 5.16x4.ai 1 above for

7/1/2013 2:12:50 PM all to see. My sister Jean tells me that her class in 1968 embarked on a search for a mascot. Ron Adams, a guidance counselor at Mahoney, recalls that Memorial Junior High had been completed the year before, thus creating the two junior high school system vs. the old single South Portland Junior High School. It was at that time that the idea of needing a school mascot was hatched. Selection of a mascot was left up to the student body. A very talented member of the class named Karen Walker, daughter of long time guidance secretary Mary Walker, drew the artwork that was selected as the winning logo you see here.

Craig Skelton is a guest columnist for the Sentry and South Portland Historical Society member.

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