Anyone who has scratched the surface of East Hampton history -- or perhaps just seen one of its high school sporting events -- may have wondered: What is a Bonacker anyway?
Derived from the word Accabonac, which is also the name of a harbor in East Hampton, Bonacker is not only the East Hampton High School mascot, but historically, a name given to someone who fished or clammed in the harbor. It is also a name for their descendants.
Barbara Borsack, deputy mayor of East Hampton Village, delves into the subject on her personal blog, Life Out Here. Borsack explains how the name transformed from a derogatory term to a source of pride and, more recently, the source of many questions.