An interesting discussion with Mr. Marshall Dickerson about ten years ago peaked my interest in the histroy of the Booneville Blue Devil Football program. Mr. Dickerson and I talked about the school colors and the mascot, focusing on when the school started the football program and when the team was first called the Blue Devils. He had already done some investigation and knew that the Blue Devil mascot was first used in the 1944 football season. I took that knowledge to the George E. Allen Library and began my search through the microfilm reels of the Booneville Independent newspaper, currently known as the Banner Independent. In the Thursday, November 2nd edition, an article titled "Football Friday Night November 3", the local high school team is referred to as the Booneville High Tigers. That article also talks about an upcoming game in which the team will be wearing new togs (uniforms). Skip forward to the next week. In the Thursday, November 9th edition, an article titled "Booneville Defeats Shannon", the Booneville High Blue Devils are victorious over Shannon. I found it very interesting that the team would change their mascot midseason. From the articles, it is noted that "the local firms" helped buy new uniforms. From what I can gather, the mascot has been the Blue Devil since that notable game in the fall of 1944. Anyone with documented evidence of the history of any program at Booneville High School can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or bring information by the high school office. A link is being added to the high school website sharing the glory days of BHS. Any contributions to this website link would be greatly appreciated. Appropriate credits will be given to those who provide this information. As always, it's great to be a Blue Devil. GO BIG BLUE!
You can read each article by clicking on the following links:
Booneville Independent, Thursday, November 2, 1944 - "Football Friday Night November 3" - Booneville High Tigers
Booneville Independent, Thursday, November 9, 1944 "Booneville Defeats Shannon" - Booneville High Blue Devils