Did you know that Neville and Ouachita Parish High School once had live mascots? Above is pictured Shasta the tiger, who was Neville’s mascot.
Ouachita’s lion mascot was called Cheepa, named after the noise he made as a cub!
Both animals were kept at the Zoo and used in the zoo’s captive breeding program, but had special cages for the big games. Some high school boys (YIKES!) were selected each year to drive to the zoo, load up their mascot into the portable cage, and bring them to the pep rallies and games. It was definitely a different time!