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Lambert looking for mascot name
Couple will bring longhorn out for games
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Lambert High School officials are looking for a name for the school's mascot. - photo by Submitted


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For more information or to submit a name suggestion, log on to www.forsyth.k12.ga.us.(or click here)

What do you call a 1,000-pound longhorn? That’s the question facing the Lambert High School community.

The future home of the Longhorns will also be the part-time home of one specific longhorn, a female from Knight Ranch near Winder.

Owner Eddie Knight, who lives by the school, said loaning the longhorn as a mascot was his wife Stacy’s idea.

“She saw in the Aberdeen [subdivision] newsletter that there was a new high school, the Lambert Longhorns,” he said. “She thought it would be neat since we breed longhorns. So she sent them an e-mail and they responded back almost immediately that they thought it was a good idea.”

Lambert, which opens in August, will compete in Region 7-AAA. The Knights will bring the unnamed longhorn to Friday night football games to serve as the school’s mascot.

In the meantime, the school’s Web site is accepting name suggestions. Principal Gary Davison said he’s fielded several possibilities.

“Somebody just called me with the name Lambertacus, which I think sounds kind of strong,” he said. “Somebody else said, ‘What about Lamby?’ There are a couple of them I’ve heard that are pretty cute.

“I just want to let the kids have the chance to do something like this, which should be fun, and hopefully they’ll rally around it and have some fun with it.”

The naming process will all be handled through the school’s Web site. The five most popular suggestions will then be presented for a community vote, Davison said.

The final name will be announced during a July 18 grand opening, where the community will be able to meet staff and tour the school.

“This is a really unusual way to get kids really excited, and we’re really glad this family came forward,” he said.

The longhorn won’t be allowed on the sidelines for games, but will greet fans at the front of the school.

“When I went to high school, we were the bulldogs and we had a bulldog for our mascot,” Eddie Knight said. “So we thought it would be cool for them to have a longhorn to use for their mascot.”

Davison said he and athletic director Drew Ferrer have been discussing ways to improve the “game day experience.”

“We were talking about how some schools either have fiberglass mascots or one of those big concrete mascots or something that the kids can kind of rally around,” Davison said.

“I mentioned to Drew, ‘Wouldn’t it be kind of cool if we could actually get a live longhorn?’ He just kind of chuckled at the time.”

Ferrer said the whole situation came together quickly.

“It’s just one of those things that kind of stumbled upon us,” he said. “It’s going to add to the atmosphere of what we’re doing.”

E-mail Jennifer Sami at jennifersami@forsythnews.com.