The Spoofhound was a Plaster of Paris carnival toy from the 1920s. Maryville is now the only school in the country to use the Spoofhound mascot as its mascot. Although originally two words, Maryville uses a one word Spoofhound for its mascot.
Legend has it that the high school received this nickname in the 1920s when the football coach L.E. Ziegler was so angry with the way his squad had looked in practice that as an insult he said they looked like a bunch of “Spoofhounds”. The players mockingly referred to one another by this insult and the name stuck. Maryville’s mascot has evolved over the years from a lovable buffoon “Spoofy” to a snarling “Hound.” As of 2016, no other academic institution or sports club had adopted the nickname.