Swamp Angel History From a historical account of Santa Rosa County, FL, author Laurie Green noted in 1921 that Milton High School’s mascot started as the “Swamp Angels” (1998). How had the chosen mascot came to be?… perhaps our sandy, swampy, humid climate intertwined with vines and Spanish moss was the inspiration. Swamp Angels sounded tough, potentially spirits that wrestled gators, shooed off giant mosquitoes, all while traversing the stifling heat and humidity.
“Milton has had numerous mascots over its more than 100-year history. Swamp Angels, Swamp Panthers, Black Panthers...,” according to MHS history expert Carol Ann Jones (C. Jones, personal communication, 2018, October 16). Further, Jones indicated “mascots [weren’t] the big deal in the early 1900s like they are today… and seems that every time there was a new crop of students in the 7th-12th grade school that the students came up with a new monicker.” According to Green, after one year as the Swamp Angels mascot, MHS became the "Wildcats" (1998).
Since no known picture of the Swamp Angel exists, the Swamp Angel wing design is inspired by the flora and colors found along the Blackwater River. Nature points us to our roots of community transformation. Much like our history of fires, hurricanes and tornadoes that have changed our community, Miltonians will continue to grow. Swamp Angels are strong and have the resiliency to make Milton the city “where good living flows.”
References Green, Laurie. (1998). Images of America: Santa Rosa County. Dover, New Hampshire: Arcadia Publishing. Jones, Carol Ann. (2018, October 16). Email interview.