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BAMBERG, Germany — The votes have been counted and recounted, and there are no hanging chads: Schweinfurt High School has a mascot and colors.

Ladies and gentleman, the Razorbacks of Schweinfurt are the newest school in DODDS-Europe Division II and will be wearing red, black and silver, according to school officials, who announced the decision Wednesday.

The new school sought community input in determining the colors and mascot, posting an online survey this summer. Students were asked to cast votes the first week of school, and parents were given a chance to vote during the school’s first open house on Tuesday.

Schwein in German translates to pig, most likely where the idea of Razorbacks came from, said Vince Diaz, principal of Schweinfurt High School. Other options were: Falcons, Ravens, Warthogs and Hawks, he said.

The fall teams will not be able to sport their new school colors until next year, but there is a possibility preparations can be made to make uniforms available for winter sports, said Diaz.

“I don’t pay attention to the uniforms, I just care about the heart and soul we have,” said Joshua Richardson, a captain on the Schweinfurt football team in an interview Monday. The team will be wearing hand-me-down equipment from other schools this season, including Mannheim and Bamberg.


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