In a state as small as Rhode Island, there are a few factors that tend to dominate the state's identity. One is its place on the map, a spot in the middle of New England and America's revolutionary hot bed. The other is also related to its place on the map; in case you haven't looked lately, most of the state is right on the water.
Perhaps then it's no surprise that the state's best mascot in voting with USA Today is nautically based, with North Kingstown (R.I.) High's Skippers sailing to a relatively easy vote-in victory, all puns intended.
There's no mystery of what a skipper is; it's another word for a captain of a boat. That's a fitting nickname for almost any school near the water, and North Kingstown certainly fits that bill. North Kingstown is a seafaring town and always has been. You won't have a hard time finding a lobster roll there.
You also won't have a hard time finding plenty of fans of the Skippers. Small town America is small town America, on the water or not.
Other Great Rhode Island Mascots of Note:
Remember the earlier note about the state's revolutionary and colonial past? Well, the Warwick (R.I.) Pilgrim High Patriots fit that bill to a T. After all, if a school is going to be called Pilgrim High, why wouldn't it play as the Patriots?
Woonsocket (R.I.) High compete as the Villa Novans. To a novice eye, that might appear to be a reference to a Catholic college outside Philadelphia? It's not. In fact, the school shares land with a large public park called Villa Nova Park. That comes together to form a unique and lasting mascot, one of a handful in the Ocean State.