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In West Virginia, no topping the Poca Dots

Cameron Smith
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There are a few states where there is just one clear top mascot. None others need apply. That's absolutely the case with West Virginia, and Poca (W.Va.) High.

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The Poca Dots, West Virginia's finest — The Bob and Tom Show

The Poca Dots, West Virginia's finest — The Bob and Tom Show

Meet the Poca Dots. Yes, the Poca Dots. What else would you expect a school in a town called Poca to be called?

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As it turns out, the Poca Dots were the mass marketing creation of a writer for the Charleston Gazette in the 1920s. Legend has it that the suggestion first emerged in 1928, when the school was looking for a nickname. There could have been an animal, but that would have been a big mistake.

After all, there's only one Poca Dots.

Other Great West Virginia Mascots of Note:

It would be too easy for Buffalo (W.Va.) High to play as the Buffaloes. No, instead they decided they had to play as the actual name of North American buffaloes: Bison.

The Buffalo Bison are a step in the direction of the Buffalo Bills, with a nod toward natural authenticity.

The Inwood (W.Va.) Musselman High Applemen are the result of a family's fortune and the occupation that created it. According to MaxPreps, the school is named after the Musselman family, which owned a series of fruit canneries. One of them, quite sensibly, created apple sauce and apple products. Hence, the Applemen.

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