South Dakota pride will be on display during the South Dakota High School Activities Association Football Championships at the Dakota Dome November 8th -10th in Vermillion. The teams in each of the seven classes have been invited to wear USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) helmet decals for the championship football games. The decals feature the crest of South Dakota’s namesake vessel, which consists of Mount Rushmore, pheasant feathers and coyotes.USS SD Logo Without Text
“I think the crest is an awesome representation of South Dakota’s fighting spirit, heritage and history,” says Dr. Daniel Swartos, executive director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. In 2016, 72 students and adults across South Dakota participated in a contest to create the crest for the new submarine. The final version includes design elements suggested by several of the finalists.
The crest also features:
• 13 stars representing the 13 battles fought by the USS SOUTH DAKOTA battleship (BB 57) during World War II
• A rattlesnake depicting stealth and fast attack readiness
• The boat’s motto (in Latin), “Under the sea we rule”