CENTRALIA, Ill. (KMOX) – It’s official! Centralia High School’s mascot is the most unique mascot in the United States.

The Centralia Orphans won the National honor after voting concluded Wednesday afternoon in a USA Today sponsored competition.

The Orphans beat out the Carbon (Price, UT) Dinos, Chinook (MT) Sugarbeeters, Key (Annapolis, MD) Obezags, and the Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford, CT) Wyverns for the top spot.

Besides the national honor the Orphans will receive a $2,000 prize.

Centralia High School principal told KMOX earlier this week the “Orphans” name dates back to the 1940’s and a comment from a Chicago sportswriter.

“They came out, they didn’t have the right uniforms, there was bad weather. They looked ragged in their torn uniforms,” said Reid Shipley. “A reporter made the comment that they look like a bunch of orphans, but they sure can play basketball.”

Centralia defeated the Cobden Appleknockers for the “most-unique” mascot status in Illinois last month.


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