HISD moving to retire outdated mascots. Superintendent Terry Grier is confident that by the end of this week, Houston ISD will have a new policy that corrects a longstanding wrong – the use of outdated mascots at four schools.
He’s asking trustees at their meeting Thursday to approve a change in policy that would “respect cultural differences, values, and attitudes” by placing a ban on mascots or nicknames that use race or ethnicity. This would retire the Lamar HS Redskins, Westbury HS Rebels, Hamilton MS Indians, and Welch MS Warriors mascots and all related labels and imagery by the end of the school year.
The district is providing assistance to principals at those schools to deal with their communities to honor the traditions of the old mascots while having new ones in place in time for the opening of school next August.