By Contributed by Deb Schultz
Special to The Record-Times 

Why is Davenport's mascot a Gorilla?


Last updated 6/29/2023 at 8:43am

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An early rendering of the Davenport Gorillas mascot as seen in the 1941 high school yearbook.

DAVENPORT - Since 2014, students and visitors who enter Davenport High School's east entrance have enjoyed the Harold the Gorilla statue, named for beloved teacher, principal, coach and athletic director Harold Patterson. Gorilla pride runs deep at the high school.

But recently a curious new Davenport resident posed a question to a Lincoln County Museum volunteer, "Why a Gorilla?" This sent volunteers searching through old yearbooks and newspaper articles as to when and why the Gorilla became the Davenport High School mascot. In addition, some Davenport school alumni were questioned.


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