The Peter Stuyvesant High School Peg Legs
Stuyvesant was born in 1592 in Friesland, the Netherlands. In
1643, while the Director General of the Dutch West Indies Company
with responsibility for the island colonies of Aruba, Bonaire,
and Curacao, he was severely injured in a fight on the then Portuguese
island of St, Martin. His injury resulted in the amputation of
his right leg below the knee. He was fitted for a peg leg, covered
with filigrees of silver, of which he became exceedingly proud.
People would come from miles around just to see it. Stuyvesant
was soon given the larger responsibility for Dutch possessions
in the New World, headquartered in New Amsterdam. Although he
successfully dislodged the Swedes from those possessions which
bordered the Delaware River and made peace with the Indians there,
he eventually was forced to surrender New Amsterdam to the English
forces led by the Duke of York, hence changing the name to New
York. Peter Stuyvesant High School, located not far from the site
of Stuyvesant's farm, the Bouwerji, is one of the crown jewels
of American public education. It is also close to the site of
the World Trade Centers, Ground Zero. Its halls were utilized
during the horrendous days following September 11th by the search
and rescue teams. The nickname of Peter Stuyvesant High School?
The Peg Legs!
Fun with History: Delphi High School Oracles
prize for most imaginative use of history in establishing high
school nicknames is shared by several communities. The town of
Delphi, with its 2500 inhabitants is the seat of Carroll County
in north central Indiana. The name Delphi was selected in honor
of the ancient Greek city, site of the most important of all Greek
temples and the Oracle of Apollo. Ancient Delphi was considered
the center of the world by the Greeks, its location having been
determined where the eagle Zeus let fly from the East met the
one he let fly from the West. Not a bad name for a small settlement
in the relatively new state of Indiana, perhaps, for the locals
anyway, the second center of the world. At any rate, the Delphi
High School teams are wonderfully called the Oracles. Prize Number
One: the Oracles of Delphi.
Fun Town/School Names: Blossom Prairie
prize for most fun in combining athletic team nicknames with town
names is shared by many places all around the country. Many of
these names are wonderfully whimsical and charming.
Much of the Great Prairie, beginning in Indiana and flowing westward
from there, is now cultivated land. There are patches of prairie
left, however, and efforts are being made to revive and extend
these precious lands. Anyone who has seen these prairies in bloom
will not soon forget their haunting beauty. The citizens of one
town in southern Minnesota certainly were aware of that when they
named their town Blooming Prairie. Years later, when their high
school teams needed a nickname, they kept the theme. The Blooming
Prairie Blossoms, generally referred to as the "Awesome Blossoms"!