Saturday's Home Opener Brings New Apprentice School Builderman

Saturday's Home Opener Brings New Apprentice School Builderman

On September 21, you can come to Apprentice Field for a pair of unveilings.  In conjunction with the 2013 home football opener against Greensboro College, you can get your first looks at the new Apprentice School Builderman mascot.

Introduced in September 1992, the Builderman mascot has had a presence at Builder home football games, basketball games, school and company events and local parades demonstrating the pride of craftsmanship in being a shipbuilder.

The original Builderman was designed by David Brown and Walter Chawlk, then of the Shipyard graphic arts department.  It was created as a symbol of what makes up a true Builder.  The Builderman character represents the strength, knowledge and workmanship apprentice student-athletes are expected to represent through their pride in work on the job, work in the community and work in the athletic field.

In 1994, Phillip Boyer, an avid artist and cartoonist and 1999 graduate of The Apprentice School, was asked to revamp the Builderman.  Boyer had created several cartoons for The Apprentice School newsletter, The Radar Room.  He went with an exaggerated look that you would've found in 1990s superhero comics. 

Nearly 20 years, the Apprentice Athletic Club jumped on board to sponsor a new and improved Builderman mascot head.  It has been reconstructed to better reflect modern time, collegiate-level mascot figures and is sure to catch the eye Builder fans at this year's home events. 

The Apprentice School Athletic Department looks forward to seeing you on September 21 as the football team takes on Greensboro College and the new Builderman mascot makes his first debut appearance.

Go Builders!