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February 14, 2013

Mascot name change is hot topic


Do not expect the school to get rid of everything with the Redskins name on it if a change is made. The school certainly should not be expected to — as these items are a part of history and show school pride and accomplishment. Hebert said items such as championship banners will continue to hang in the gymnasium. 

“We have no interest of being revisionists,” he said. 

However, although Hebert has said in the past that he would not anticipate a change in the district’s logo, he did admit it is not totally out of the question. 

Hebert said there are two things to consider: What is the nickname the district will have and will the logo have to be changed so it is not incongruous with that name. 

“We really have not had any conversations on this,” he said.   

We are pretty much certain a change in the logo, which features a silhouette of the famous “Indian Hunter” statue by John Quincy Adams Ward in Lakefront Park in Cooperstown, would cause even more stir in the community. Most can handle only so much change at once and it holds sentimental value — possibly even more so than the name Redskins. 

The debate of whether the school should change its nickname is far from over. Hebert said the topic will most likely show up on the next board of education agenda. The next meeting is scheduled for March 6. Ultimately the decision rests in the hands of the Board of Education.

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