The Edina West Cougars 1972 to 1981. East is least, west is best.
Edina’s student population grew rapidly in the 1960s, and overcrowding forced the district to open a second high school in 1972. Emotions ran high as former teammates became rivals and the brand-new Edina West Cougars faced off against the established Edina East Hornets on the football field that fall. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, cheerleaders from both schools met at halftime to exchange carnations. Edina West won 14-0 that night, but the Cougars and Hornets became each other’s strongest competition during the nine years Edina had two high schools. But the two schools were often united off the field with combined proms, graduations and senior parties. The first combined senior class party played off the school split with the theme “East Side, West Side—All Around the Town.”
As student population dropped, the two schools combined in fall 1981. Edina East became what is now the community center.
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