Trivia - How the Dukes got their name.
Q: How did the "Dukes" of York High School get their nickname?
A: The answer is found in Sports Tidbits in the Elmhurst Press (December 24, 1936) written by sports editor Howard C. Fischer. The Elmhurst Press covered York High School sports, and each week the newspaper staff used nicknames for York’s teams i.e. The Eastmen (after Coach Clarence D. East), the Yorkites, the green and whites (for the school colors), etc. In his column Fischer wrote: You doubtless read in the metropolitan papers about two weeks ago that King Edward evacuated the British throne, and that his brother, the Duke of York, climbed into the stately chair in his stead, leaving York without a duke...Why not populate York with a lot of dukes? By that I mean I mean why not let York high school athletic teams be known as the Dukes of York?...York’s athletes have gone by such monikers as the Eastmen, Blackmen, Birksmen, Green and White and Yorkites long enough. It is time they be given a name and Dukes is as good as any. An article titled “York Dukes Prep for Holiday Cage Meet at De Kalb” appeared next to Mr. Fischer’s column, thus inaugurating the new name for York athletes.
Information courtesy of the Elmhurst Historical Museum.