EARLY SPORTS HISTORY
During CCA’s first two seasons of interscholastic sports (1946/7 & 1947/8), the boarding school went by nickname of “Cobras”.
Legend has it that “Dad” Shaffer, the school’s founder, then put his foot down and said “A Christian academy should not have a snake for a mascot.” According the the school yearbooks, the next two years the CCA teams were known as the “Crusaders”.
It was in 1950/1 that the school settled on the name of “Pilots“. Given that we are nearly 100 miles from the nearest navigable waters, the exact thinking behind the choice has been lost to history. Speculation centers on the philosophical (Each of us is master/pilot of our destiny.) or perhaps it may be a reminder of our Christian heritage and the famous painting of Christ standing behind a young boy at the pilots wheel of a ship.
But whether you like or dislike our present moniker, at least we are not snakes.