Big Foot High School

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I know of many high schools named after Washington, Lincoln, or other famous characters from U.S. history, but as far as I'm aware, there's only one Big Foot High School. It's located in Walworth, Wisconsin. However, it's not named after the Bigfoot monster. Instead, it's named after an Indian Chief:

Big Foot Union High School is named after the Potawatomi Indian Chief Big Foot who lived along the banks of Geneva Lake until his tribe was relocated by the United States government in 1836. In fact, Geneva Lake was originally known as Big Foot Lake until a New York surveyor, John Brink, renamed it.

I can't find any reference to the Bigfoot monster on the school's website. I'm betting they try to downplay that connection. Still, it would be pretty cool to tell people you go to Bigfoot High.

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Posted on Sun Nov 27, 2005


Bigfoot High would be cool. I pity some of the students near me, in the town of Assabet.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Mon Nov 28, 2005  at  06:08 PM
What are their school sport teams called? The Sasquatches? I wonder if the kids get teased for going to Big Foot High. I know I get teased and called Big Foot due to the fact that I have large feet. size 10-11.
Posted by Lady Hedoniste  on  Mon Nov 28, 2005  at  06:12 PM
As a former student of Big Foot I would like to thank you for the kind words. However, telling people that you went to Big Foot is not as cool as you might think... With a graduating class of around 90 and a total school population of about 500, we seem to be somewhat of a joke! And our sports teams are called the Chiefs... for those that were wondering! Thanks
Posted by Ex-Big Foot H.S. Student  on  Tue Nov 29, 2005  at  03:11 PM
My graduating class was around 60. So you're not the smallest school around.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Nov 29, 2005  at  03:56 PM
Bigfoot High, I can't understand why your team mascot ISN'T Sasquatch.
What a wasted opportunity!
Posted by Big Gary in Falfurrias, Texas  on  Tue Nov 29, 2005  at  04:45 PM
Woah -- that's freaky. My mom and her siblings went to Big Foot High in the 60s, and this is the only time I've ever seen it referenced in The Outside World.
Posted by ben syverson  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  01:48 PM
Hi, I'm Kelly. I actually graduated from Big Foot High School last year and although the name may sound odd to outsiders, it's not thought of as anything unusual for the locals. The entire area is very historical and has many Native America references, so our name is nothing out of the ususal. We actually have a statue of Chief Big Foot outside the entrance of the school, so there is obvisouly no confusion. Our team name is the Chiefs, but because of the policical correctness, we can not use a mascot of an indian chief for several reasons, however this is slowly gaining studen support to be changed. Any other question? email me. And I'd be interested to see if there actually is a high school named after a monster. I highly doubt it.
Posted by Kelly  on  Wed Dec 14, 2005  at  08:04 AM
I go to big foot and its not that bad. there is an indian statue out front and a totem pole inside(which looks like a monster) so I hope that satisfies your monster fetish. Oh and our team is the cheifs.
Posted by Student @ BFHS  on  Wed Dec 21, 2005  at  04:54 PM
I went to BFHS in the 60s. Growing up around there I never thought much about the name. I still don't. It seems perfectly normal to me, that is until I say something about it to any of the 6.6 billion people who didn't grow up around there. As soon as it leaves my mouth, I realize that its a bit odd. But I'm proud of it. How boring it must be to tell people you went to "Central High School".
Posted by a BFHS alum  on  Sat Feb 18, 2006  at  08:46 PM
BFHS alum, when exactly did you go to Bigfoot?

Did you know Peggy, Nora, Bill or Joanne of the Lamar clan?
Posted by ben syverson  on  Sun Feb 19, 2006  at  01:54 AM
HI, I'm Brad I'm scotts brother when i get in high school i want to go to this one
Posted by brad schwendner  on  Tue May 30, 2006  at  11:08 AM
I go to big foot and to tell you the truth i never even considered the name wierd. There's so many things around here named after the famous indian tribe, that it's just normal for the school to be named after it too.
Posted by a student at big foot  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  11:38 AM
I also went to Big Foot High School (in the early 1980's) and did think about the name being odd -- especially since my grade school was Reek Elementary ("Reek" and "Big Foot", nice huh?)
Posted by A Past Big Foot Student  on  Sat Oct 28, 2006  at  12:40 AM
OUR school mascot is the cheif!! wE are the big foot chiefs how could u guys be sooo idiotic
Posted by Cathy  on  Fri Nov 17, 2006  at  03:23 PM
i am a student at BFHS.. i could see where people could find the name werid...but its not... u know i never thought that any one would think our school is named after the Sasquatches! maybe people should learn some more about the indian tribe! lol (not trying to be mean or any thing)
its a great school! and we really got good with alot more of our sports this year! im proud to be a CHIEF!
Posted by Christine  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  01:26 PM
I went to Big Foot and am proud of the name.
There are people who want us to change it. The Janesville Gazette just had an article about it.
People need to stand up and say NO. Everything anyone says will offend someone, That's life, but unless they can prove that we have use this in an offensive way LEAVE IT ALONE.
We have soldiers over seas dying for us, drug problems in our schools,and more dangerous things going on around us and we are going to be petty about a name. I think we need to get our priorities in order.
Posted by Patti  on  Fri Dec 29, 2006  at  07:23 AM
I am a freshmen and our class is the largest ever for the school 120. It isn't really that odd going to BIG FOOT. other schools have dumber names lie the Crimson Tide.
Posted by bigfoot freshmen  on  Fri Mar 09, 2007  at  02:22 PM
I am going to be a freshman at Big Foot High School next year and I am looking forward to it. Well ,I agree that we have much bigger problems going on in our school right now, then to be worrying about a logo, which should not be offensive to anyone. We are honoring chief Big Foot ,and I don't see why that's a problem? What should we be called then, the Tomahawks? Why is this logo thing such a big deal!WE ARE THE BIG FOOT CHIEFS, AND THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE!
Posted by A soon student  on  Sat Mar 10, 2007  at  09:20 AM
I went to Big Foot Hish School in the 1990's and have recently met someone who graduated more recently. The school has gotten much more politically correct over the years. For instance, we had a generic Native American head on several things such as our year books, we had homecoming floats that depicted spears, peace pipes, and lots of feathers, it was also very common to see students wearing headdresses and war paint at sporting events. Times have changed, and homecoming floats are much different. I think the statue in front of the school is much better, and a tribute to the history of the area. It is not as offensive as some of the things of the past.
Posted by former BFHS student  on  Fri Jul 20, 2007  at  05:50 PM
thi school magnificent.I liked very much
Posted by Suphi Koyuncuoğlu  on  Sat Oct 06, 2007  at  03:03 PM
heyyyy! someones talkin about small schools? well i go to trinity acadamy and there r 42 kids in the whole highschool!!!! and i kno this one dude whose school is from 7 - 12 grade, with a grand total of 18!!!!!!!!!! beat that!!!!!!!!!
Posted by katrina  on  Tue Oct 16, 2007  at  06:53 AM
i think that big foot highschool is good all the teachers seem egicated enough to teach all the red necks
Posted by present big foot high school student  on  Tue Oct 23, 2007  at  02:30 PM
I think big foot is a place to escape
Posted by emo girl  on  Tue Oct 23, 2007  at  02:33 PM
Okay why does everybody find it sooo funny to pick on the BEST school in south eastern wisconsin??? You want to pick on us..... okay pick on this....
Who is all confance champ......ohh yeah Bigfoot.
yeah that is what i thought!!!! Don't diss my school untill you have actually been here with the most amazing people ever!!!!!
thank you and Patti of wisconsin you are soo right girl!!! get your stuff right!!! It is a name!!!!!
Posted by tabetha b  on  Thu Feb 14, 2008  at  12:42 PM
What up Bigfoot people? I graduated from Bigfoot last year. I just happend to be wandering around the web and found this dealing my old High School, crazy, crazy, crazy.... Hmmm... Sasquatch? That would be a terrible name for the teams. The Chiefs is def. awesome. Unfortuanately the named was changed from the BigFoot Chiefs to just BigFoot. Thanks to a bad decision that was made by the school because of complaints. I felt this was a terrible decision by the school because it was not demeaning in any manor to Native Americans, the name was meant to honor Chief Bigfoot who previously resided in the area.
Posted by Kyle  on  Tue Feb 19, 2008  at  08:21 PM
I graduated from Big Foot High School in 1988. My father graduated from Big Foot in the 60's and my son will graduate this year. I am proud to be a Chieftain graduate and I agree with Kyle. The school is named in HONOR of Chief Big Foot. One of the most memorable days in my school education was the day we learned about Chief Big Foot and history of the area we live. People need to stop being overly sensitive and be proud of their history and ethnicity. I feel sorry for those who can not see the honor of our history and their own ethnicity. I am proud of mine.
Posted by Tamara D. Griffin  on  Tue Mar 25, 2008  at  04:10 PM
einfach eine super schule! i love it 😊
Posted by handgemalte  on  Tue Jul 28, 2009  at  08:11 AM
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