Gordon Lee Mascot Takes Final Ride During Homecoming Game
WALKER COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF)- It’s a bittersweet homecoming night for Gordon Lee High School students, as they say farewell to their beloved mascot of seven years.
Gordon Lee High School Senior Dalton Green, and his trusted white horse Traveler, are taking their final ride together as the famous Trojan mascot, for their last Homecoming game.
“I think it’s really come to some– come to be something that the community expects from game to game, which is which is really, which is really good and it’s, it’s gone be um, kind of sad years forward not not having him here but but it’s a it’s a very good memory that I hope will live uh in the great traditions that we have here at Gordon Lee.”
Green has been dressing in full Trojan warrior gear, with sword and shield to match, for seven years now, starting when he was just in the 6th grade.
“It just gives me really a sense of just Trojan pride throughout the whole, throughout the whole thing, you know, I think it really gets everybody kinda pumped up and ready for the game and it’s great for school spirit and I’m just really just honored to be able to do what I do.”
For his entire life, Green says he’s been around horses and loves to ride them, and after seeing college mascots at schools like Florida State and USC, Green decided to bring the same idea to Gordon Lee.
“He’s representing the whole school. It’s not just him up there, he’s representing Gordon Lee, and only one person can sit on on the saddle at one time so he’s doing it for everybody.”
“As I’ve said for the past seven years, I have the best seat in the house. So that’s right here on top of Traveler.”
Green says he hopes someone else will continue the tradition after he graduates, but doesn’t have anyone in particular in mind.