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The History of Loch

Photo by Curt Yeomans: Clayton State University's athletics teams have used the mythical dragon-like creature, Loch, as their mascot for the last 20 years.

Photo by Curt Yeomans: Clayton State University's athletics teams have used the mythical dragon-like creature, Loch, as their mascot for the last 20 years.

There is an official history behind the existence of Clayton State University’s athletics department mascot –– Loch –– according to the school.

University officials report that Loch was allegedly awaken from a long slumber when the school was being built, in the late 1960’s. A news release on Loch’s history, provided by the school, explains that construction crews were damming one end of Swan Lake, when they may have found a large chunk of ice between the lake’s waters during the winter of 1969.

University officials explained that the alleged large ice chunk was placed off to the side, and it apparently split in half while construction crews were away, at lunch. There was a hollow discovered inside the mythical ice, and it appeared that something had hatched.

Questions of what was in the ice purportedly persisted for the next 20 years, until the school’s athletics department was created at the advent of the 1990’s. Loch has been a mainstay at Clayton State athletic events ever since.

New Lochs have appeared, occasionally, over the years to take the mantle from outgoing ones.