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Home of the Clerks?

by Prince Of Petworth November 7, 2007 at 10:17 pm 26 Comments

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I get it. Cardozo was a Supreme Court justice. But that has got to be the worst name for a mascot. Maybe the Fightin’ Clerks would be a bit better…

  • It is kindof Washington-appropriate. How about the Bureaucrats? Suits?

  • hell, it’s more interesting than something lame like ‘bearcats’ or ‘tigers’ or ‘eagles’

  • Christina

    I read a story in the Post a while ago about how all these new schools are going with these homogenous names because its easy to find sports apparel. So I have some fondness for something like the Cardozo Clerks or the Annandale (Va.) Atoms — let’s revel in them before everything goes the way of Panthers, Eagles, Tigers etc.

  • GforGood

    And something more worthy to aspire to than being just another sports-animal-star.. why do those damned animals like playing sports so much anyway?

  • J

    Cardozo High School is named after Francis Cardozo, not Benjamin Cardozo. See link below:


    Of course, this makes the mascot name even more curious.

  • Sveiks

    37 *****!?!?!?!?!?

  • Beth

    Although I personally have pride for my high school mascot, many other towns ridiculed it.
    We were the Skippers. As in, the skipper on a boat.

  • We were the Gators. And there were actually gators in the bayou near my house in Galveston County growing up. They ate a neighbor’s scotty dog.

  • MKing

    Maybe it should be something more aspirational – like the ‘managers’. We are already comdemning the kids who go there with the name of their mascot?

  • sergio!!!

    every school i went to has had some sort of knight or warrior mascot.

  • anderlank

    Yep, we were the Obezags. If you’re not familiar with an Obezag, it is a Gazebo spelled backwords. And, yes, our mascot was a gazebo with white columns and a red roof. At some point a group students suggested changing it to the Spartans but that didn’t catch. People had become endeared to Obezags (me included).

  • lazy cake

    At least Obezag sounds interesting…..my HS’s mascot was the Whirlie. Bizzare.

  • Mark

    Maybe the worst name for a team, but that’s gotta be the best vista for a high school in this area. I recently moved onto 13th St and that’s my new favorite view of the city.

  • reuben

    marvin gaye went to cardozo…. a mere stones throw from the expensive joint now bearing his name…

  • bogfrog


  • Shawn

    Scorpions (Go Scorps!)

  • Otis Gal

    Tulane has the Green Wave as their mascot. A reference to money?

  • lazy cake

    “A reference to money?”

    Nah, I think it’s probably an allusion to the feeling you get when you first arrive in New Orleans and smell the stench of festering day-old vomit and frying beignets wafting through the air of the French Quarter. Good times.

  • Cameron

    Sveiks with an awesome movie reference…

    Well done, sir.

  • The Green Wave is ’cause Tulane colors are green and puke blue. They are really more like a the Green Trickle when it comes to football. There are plenty of weird college team names… the Akron Zips come to mind.

  • erica

    that wiki article says Francis Cardozo was the first African American to hold an administrative office in South Carolina.
    Perhaps he was an administrative clerk?

  • erica

    (still an odd mascot)

  • I went to McKinley Tech. Their teams are the Trainers. Comparatively speaking Clerks ain’t so bad.

    BTW–wasn’t Cardozo famous for a decades long losing streak in football?

  • Christina

    Cardozo is NOT named after Benjamin Cardozo? I’ll be damned. I had no idea. Here’s more info:


    It’s a great place to watch fireworks on the Fourth — a manageable crowd and a beautiful view, until the wind turned and smoke started blowing in our direction.

  • a clerk

    The Clerks name comes from way back in the day (segregation) when becoming a clerk in the US Govt would have been an achievement for African Americans. Cardozo is in the building which used to be Central High (white school).

  • New Clerk wants to know

    But what is a Clerk? How can you use that in cheers and chants? or even logos on spirite wear?


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