• Why are we the "Pretzels"? In an 1895 article, the "Daily Democrat" first referred to Freeport as "The Pretzel City." It seems that there were many German bakeries in the city and, according to tradition, the Billerbeck family enterprise, established in 1881, was the greatest producer of pretzels. Thus, Freeport became the Pretzel City and our athletic teams began to be referred to as the "Pretzels."

    Today, the Pretzel is a symbol of our community and school pride! Once a Pretzel, Always a Pretzel!

    Are you proud to be a Pretzel? Celebrate it and show your support for our schools by checking out our list of 100 Ways to Show & Grow Pretzel Pride (pdf).