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  later, in 1914, the girls decided they wanted in on the action.
The boys’ uniforms consist- ed of black shorts and black sleeveless shirts, while the girls wore black “bloomers” with white tops. One day in the
late 1930s, Geneva Young, the English teacher, decided that
it was time to establish a new tradition at Brock High School. She felt that Brock needed their own identity, since many times when playing other schools, black and white were the primary colors. A contest was held to choose a mascot and new school colors.
One student, Willie Jean Jones, wrote down her sug- gestions, and her classmates did as well. When Mrs. Young opened up Willie Jean’s paper, she knew her selections were special. In fact, all of the other students agreed. Everyone voted unanimously for Willie Jean’s nominations – the “Brock Eagle” and “Blue and Gold”. When asked why Willie Jean selected these as her choices, she responded, “I thought that blue and gold
Poolville Monarchs
went great together, and there’s nothing more majestic than the Eagle.”
Mrs. Geneva Young, and Willie Jean Jones and her classmates, started a tradition that may be the most integral part of Brock High School his- tory – the high-flying “Brock Eagle” and the mighty “Blue and Gold.”
Willie Jean Jones is a direct descendant of the Maddux family, founders of Brock, who also donated the land for the Brock School. Her father, George Jones, and her mother, Ada Dent, were both members of Brock’s first basketball teams in 1911 and 1914. When George and Ada married, they started a tradi- tion of Brock basketball play- ers that might not ever end. Their three daughters played, and their grandchildren played, most of them on state semi or state finalist teams. Four of their great-grand- daughters played for Brock’s state championship teams in
Millsap Bulldogs
It is believed the nickname Bulldogs dates back to at least 1941. According to Dr. Joe Pat Strain, son of former Millsap student Vinson Strain, Vinson Strain was the Millsap girls’ basketball coach in 1941 when
the team decided it needed a mascot. The Strains had a bull- dog that “was a pet to all of the town” and the team decided
to adopt the name Bulldogs, which eventually became the nickname of all the Millsap sports teams.
 Peaster Greyhounds
As far as anyone in Peaster can remember, Greyhounds has always been the nickname and mascot. Most feel the reason was to associate the team with a mascot that was slim but powerful, fast and quick. Greyhounds can reach average speeds of 35 miles per hour.
Dobbs believes Poolville adopt- ed the name Monarchs in the late 1920s or early 1930s, but how the name originated remains unclear.
“Monarch represents the King of the Jungle,” he said. “Who doesn’t want to be King of the Jungle? I have asked several old timers still around where the name originated but nobody seems to know.”
2002, 2003, 2005, and 2009.
a monarch is a Lion – the King of
 Poolville superintendent Jimmy Dobbs has not only been the dis- trict’s top leader for the past 10 years, but he also taught and went to school at Poolville ISD.
While admitting Poolville’s sports teams have a unique mascot nickname, he also stated that the name “Monarchs” gets misunder- stood.
“People ask us if we are butter- flies,” Dobbs said. “I always tell them
the Jungle.”
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