• blue devil


     During World War I, a regiment of soldiers composed of the youth of France was known as the "Blue Devils." Only the strongest, both mentally and physically, could pass the rigid examination before he could become a "Blue Devil." They wore a royal blue uniform trimmed in white.

     The members of this crack regiment, the "Shock Troops," were the first to go "over the top." When an attack was imminent, the Blue Devil regiment hurled themselves into the breach to check the onslaught of the enemy. This regiment took no prisoners; it never flinched nor faltered; it always went forward. True, the Blue Devils sometimes went down, but they always fell with their faces toward the enemy.

     Courageous on the battlefield, they were no less chivalrous when behind the lines. They were always respectful of women, the aged, those in authority, the rights of others, and their property. The students of the Oconto Schools possess all of these characteristics to a marked degree. They are honorable, reliable, honest, and courageous. 

     They are respectful, chivalrous, and courteous. Last but not least, they will not quit! Win or lose, you are proud of them. They are no less ladies or gentlemen, whether losing or winning. They treat their guests as honored visitors, making them feel welcome, at home, and glad they came to our school. The emblem, in royal blue on gold/white, shows the Blue Devil preparing to thrust his pitchfork into the invisible enemy - Unsportsmanlike Conduct. His face, wreathed in a sardonic smile, shows his contempt for quitters and whiners.

     A true Blue Devil stands for everything high and noble and destroys all that is weak, little, and degrading with his pitchfork. Just as the Blue Devils of France established a worldwide reputation during the war as the hardest fighters and cleanest soldiers, so are the Oconto students establishing a statewide reputation for teams that never quit playing and students who never quit being courteous and hospitable.