History of Mascot
In 1925 the Central football team won another state championship and the squad was tagged with the nickname “Roughers” because many of the players performed without helmets, due to lack of funding, and for their rough play. The current Rougher mascot is a roughneck with a bulldog face symbolizing the Oklahoma oil days and the Manual High bulldog mascot and was created by MHS students in the mid 1970's. In 2019, the school district refreshed the branding and logos with a refreshed "Rougher Dog" encompassed inside a shield featuring the bulldog face with a oil derrick and hard hat. Both the mascot and the term “Roughers” are copyrighted and can never be used by any other institution.
Because of the rich history and tradition, the Muskogee High School Roughers have become an icon to the Muskogee community.