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Why the Blue Devil?

Why the Blue Devil?

During World War I the Chasseurs Alpins, nicknamed “les Diables Bleus,” were well known French soldiers.  They first gained attention when their unique training and alpine knowledge was counted on to break the stalemate of trench warfare in their native region of the French Alps.  During the Vosges Campaign in March 1915, the “Blue Devils” won accolades for their courage.  Their distinctive blue uniform with flowing cape and a jaunty beret captured the public imagination.  When the United States entered the war, units of the French Blue Devils toured the country helping raise money for the war effort.  Irving Berlin captured their spirit in song describing them as “strong and active, most attractive…those Devils, the Blue Devils of France.”  In 1935 area primary schools consolidated and Judson ISD was formed as was Judson High School, which required a mascot.  Judson’s first coach, Coach Falkenberry, was recently graduated from Duke University and brought the “Blue Devil” with him.  Questioners are universally surprised to discover the origin is more military and patriotic than religious.

William E. King, 1992

Wes Whatley, 2004