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OFFICIAL: Lamar Redskins No More, Mascot Change Ordered

January 16, 2014 By:West U News Staff

School News

On Thursday, the Houston Independent School District Board of Education voted 7-0 with one abstention and one member absent to approve the second reading of a policy update to prohibit the use of any race or ethnic group as a mascot or nickname.

This policy update affects four schools — Lamar High School Redskins, Westbury High School Rebels, Hamilton Middle School Indians and Welch Middle School Warriors.

During the 2014-2015 school year, each school will be required to select a new mascot and respectfully retire its existing mascot. HISD administration will work closely with the affected schools to help them retire their mascots with respect and dignity, taking into consideration the history and tradition surrounding them.

“We realize – especially after the December meeting – that this is an issue which brings out deep emotions on both sides,” said Chief School Support Officer Drew Houlihan. “While traditions are important, they do not trump kindness and respect. We owe that both to the students at these schools and to the community at large.”

The push to retire the mascots gained momentum in late 2013. In an opinion piece published in the Houston Chronicle, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier applauded the efforts of Sen. Rodney Ellis and the Anti-Defamation League for championing the issue.

6 Responses to “OFFICIAL: Lamar Redskins No More, Mascot Change Ordered”

  1. miltonwatchdog Says:

    Since Lamar students, alumni, school board, et al, did not stand up to Mr. Rodney Ellis and the Anti-Defamation League, and raise a ruckus, Lamar should adopt a little lamb as their mascot, and forever more be called the Lamar Lambs.

  2. GoldBacon Says:

    My solution is to simply not have a mascot. The aggrieved parties should be happy because the current “offensive” moniker will no longer be in use. The traditionalists can declare partial victory by saying they didn’t cave in and accept a new mascot they really didn’t want.

  3. LHG Says:

    What group is offended by the name Warriors?

    • Dickie Benzie Says:

      Unfortunately our academia, newsprint media, television news are all dominated by left wing progressive, liberals. The same type that the majority of voting Americans elected as our president and they will have their way until we remove them from office. Hope and Change; this is it!!!

  4. Rhonda Says:

    Are you kidding me? What’s next, the renaming of the Cowboys and the Redskins??? Get real people! The reason why race/ethnic discrimination is alive and well is because of people like you who perpetuate it. Is anyone truly offended by the name of their Mascot? Wow, all of the high school Pirates around the State of Texas better look out, after all, Pirates were murderers and thieves. Really???

  5. Rosanna Urban Parra Says:

    I hope we are not the stinkin’ Rangers. I have NEVER been a follower of any Dallas team and I don’t intend to now. Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar was a President a soldier, and a leader. It is with his spirit that I say I will not support a team that does not signify any team from that town. And remember, YOU voted for these board members and therefore OKed this Superintendent with no inkling of what the alumni wants.

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