Last Updated on December 16, 2016 by cassnetwork
The City of Logansport has officially recognized the oldest high school mascot in Indiana.
Felix the Cat, who has been Logansport High School’s mascot since 1926, will be honored at tonight’s Logansport vs. Lafayette Jeff boys basketball game.
Felix has been named a Logansport Bicentennial Citizen of the Week for his 90 years of service as Logansport High School’s symbol.
“Felix is a sports legend in Indiana, and he is featured not only in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, but Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said. “His name, translated from Latin, literally means ‘happy,’ and he has put smiles on many faces over the years.”
Felix will be joined by many other Indiana mascots tonight.
Kitchell says the fabled black cat got his start during a Logansport-Frankfort basketball game. A Felix doll was placed at the middle of the basketball court during a game with a highly regarded Frankfort squad. His appearance rallied Logansport’s crowd and the Berries went on to victory.
Since then, Logansport is the only high school in the nation with Felix as its mascot.
“In many ways, Logansport is a one-of- a-kind city, and Felix is a one-of- a-kind mascot nobody forgets once they’ve cheered for him,” Kitchell said. “We’re proud of the image he portrays and looking forward to a century of Felix at LHS in 2026.”
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell
(EDITOR’S NOTE: There are a few versions of how Felix came to be Logansport’s mascot. Read them here.)