Knights, Otters and Coyotes are newest members of the Fort Mill school district family of mascots 

A portrait of King Haigler that is on display in the S.C. Museum.

FORT MILL — Fort Mill School Board trustees on March 19 approved the administration’s recommendation for names and mascots for the district’s 10th and 11th elementary schools and its sixth middle school. The selection process included a committee of students, staff, community members and historians, the district announced in a news release today. The committee selected three names and mascots for each school that the administration then used to select the final recommendation. The administration used criteria such as historical significance, school location, indigenous animals and uniqueness to select the final recommendation presented to the board, the release stated. The approved names and mascots are: Kings Town Elementary School Knights, River Trail Elementary School Otters and Forest Creek Middle School Coyotes. Kings Town Elementary is located off of Mason’s Bend Road. The name has historical ties to King Hagler, the 18th-century Catawba Nation chief. River Trail Elementary is south of the Catawba Ridge High School site on the Fort Mill Southern Bypass. The name and mascot reference the natural features, multiple trails in the area and the local river otter. Forest Creek Middle School, on Whites Road, adjacent to the Catawba Ridge, also references the natural features of the area. The two elementary schools are scheduled to open for the 2020–’21 school year and Forest Creek Middle School is scheduled to open for the 2021–’22 school year.