The Ilion Central School mascot, "The Bomber Bear" was a recent addition to the school's history. The Bomber Bear first appeared in 1979 at the Homecoming game. It was made by Sandy Morton, Class of 1975 and her Mom (Ceil Morton).
Sandy was home for a visit when her sister Shari, Class of 1980, was a senior cheerleader. The Mortons decided that the Homecoming event needed a spark, and ...Bomber Bear was born.
Although Sandy Morton had graduated five years before the birth of Bomber Bear, Sandy was the first person to cheer dressed as the bear.