How the Arrowhead became the Lion's Pride

Okay, kids, here's the story. I was the annual literary advisor for the '69, '70, and '71 Baker annuals. While working on the '69 edition, the question came up as to why the annual was called the Arrowhead when the mascot was a lion. We did some research, most of which I've forgotten, but the gist of which was this: The original Baker mascot was an Indian, so the annual was logically named the "Arrowhead." I think the athletic teams were called the Cherokees, but it may have been come other tribe. At some point prior to 1958, perhaps in a precognizant fit of political correctness (In Georgia in the 1950's? Get real!), the mascot had been changed to a lion and the newspaper was the "Lion's Roar." For some reason, however, the name of the annual had never been changed. We decided to make it consistent, and a vote by the student body was held to pick one of several proposed names. Someone on the annual staff (possibly me, but I couldn't swear to it) had proposed "Lion's Pride" as an intentional pun. The vote, with a little politicking, but, as I recall, no outright fraud, went to "Lion's Pride," which appeared on the '70 edition. And that's the way it happened.

Glenn Wells, '60 and faculty

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