This question from the April 2012 issue clears up some confusion about the source of a seemingly oddly named school representative.
Why does the public high school serving extremely rural and not particularly temperate southern Campbell County have a dromedary as its mascot? —Confounded by the Fighting CamelsDear Confounded:Like Shaw’s Henry Higgins, the Doctor can tell from your speech characteristics that you are not from these parts. Or at least not the part of these parts south of the river. Had you been a native of the Great Commonwealth, you would know that the name Campbell is pronounced by the majority of Kentuckians as camel—like the once-admired cigarette. Fort Campbell? Campbellsville? Campbell County? All camels. Teachers imported to the Commonwealth have tried for years to stamp out the regionalism, but their success has been limited to the kind of students who get beat up on the playground.
Fighting Camels is an excellent team name, in the Doctor’s opinion. Camels, extremely ill-tempered beasts, are known to spit and kick at the slightest provocation, so unlike goody-goody Meerkats or whatever.
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