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Jefferson High receives special mascot

By Staff | Sep 11, 2015

The Jefferson High School Cougars received a special gift from Richard Trainor, of Needmore, Pennsylvania a full-size stuffed and mounted cougar who now occupies a place among the many trophies earned by the various teams at the school

This cougar was presented to Athletic Director Jay Kirby by Trainor who made the donation on behalf of his father who lives in Idaho and on whose property the cougar was killed. Trainor, Sr. had been in possession of this trophy for nine years and decided to donate it to Jefferson High School after his son told him that the cougar was Jefferson’s mascot.

Trainor, who delivered the cougar to the school, is a retired Navy veteran with 22 years of service. He taught at Widmyer Elementary School in Berkeley Springs for 15 years. While at the Morgan County school, he learned about Jefferson High School and its mascot, the cougar. When his father decided to dispose of the animal, he decided to make the donation tot Jefferson High.

Kirby expressed his gratitude for the gift and indicated it would occupy a place of honor and distinction among the other awards and acclaims at the school.