Some Students Have Mascot Envy

Amy Feng '25, Staff Writer

Throughout the years, Dexter Southfield has evolved into the elite institution we know today. From altering the lunch menu to moving away from hymns in the weekly assembly, many aspects of this school have been changed to better accommodate an evolving community. Overall, life is good for students. But one question still remains: what is our mascot? 

In 2013, Dexter Southfield was formed under the union of the two former single-sex schools, Dexter School (males) and Southfield School (females). However, our history dates much further back, all the way to 1926. Even then, there was no mascot to represent school pride, despite being a hotspot for athletic talents. In particular, “mascots provide a common label for all students, alumni, and faculty—it creates a sense of belonging. Your school mascot unites everyone under one name, makes everyone feel included, and connects students to each other and to the school” according to Team Mascot purveyor Olympus Mascots. 

To gauge students’ opinions on this matter, The View spoke with current students. Emma Phan ‘24 said, “We should either embrace the shield as our official or just not have a mascot… it’s confusing.” 

 Chloe Do ’25 exclaimed, “An animal is more notable across school mascots like Thayer Academy has the tiger. “Mascots should provide a sense of connection throughout the student body. While the blue and red shield is sufficient, most have voted in favor of a new school representative. Who knows? Maybe we will be the Dexter Dragons one day.