Where Did ‘East Kennewick Ugly’ Come From? [SURVEY]
Went to a Kennewick High School football game a few weeks ago with my friends. I was surprised to see kids wearing T-shirts that read, “EKU: East Kennewick Ugly.” Someone told us where they thought the slogan came from. I’m curious what you’ve heard.
We heard the story was back in the 1980s Coach Ed Troxel was trying to motivate the trailing football team during a game with Kamiakin. At that time, Kamiakin was considered the “rich kids” school and Kennewick the “poor kids.” Coach Troxel in the locker room said something like, “They can bring their fancy stuff, but we’re going to bring our East Kennewick Ugly!” Or “I need you to bring your East Kennewick Ugly!”