Mascots Through the Years
First, MCC’s name changes:
Founded as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute by the Kansas City School District. Originally it had several divisions, including a two-year college.
The Junior College of Kansas City is born.
Metropolitan Junior College is the new name after voters in seven suburban school districts join the Kansas City School District to form the new college district.
The name is changed to Metropolitan Community Colleges to emphasize the three campuses (Penn Valley, Maple Woods and Longview) that opened in 1969-70. The “s” was dropped in 2005 to reflect the concept of “one MCC”: one college with multiple campuses.
The Cubs (through at least 1928): Junior College of Kansas City basketball team. The name wasn’t an overall school mascot, however.
The Unicorns: Name of the Metropolitan Junior College basketball team, starting in 1968.
The Centaurs: MCC-Maple Woods mascot starting in 1970-71.
The Monarchs: Current MCC-Maple Woods mascot, approved by a student vote in 2007-08. The name was picked to honor the old Kansas City Monarchs baseball team of the Negro Leagues.
The Scouts: MCC-Penn Valley’s mascot. A tribute to the statue of “The Scout” in Penn Valley Park.
The Slugs: MCC-Longview mascot chosen by students early on, possibly in 1969-70. The name was a joke and “a thorn in the side of the baseball and basketball teams,” MCC archivist Janice Lee says.
The Lakers: MCC-Longview’s current mascot since at least 1975. Refers to nearby Longview Lake.
The Trail Blazers: MCC-Blue River’s mascot. Blue River became a permanent MCC campus and assumed that name in 1997.