9 Massachusetts High Schools That Changed Their Native American Mascot, One That Refused
Sports team mascots from the professional level down to elementary schools have been under scrutiny in recent years especially those that depict caricatures of Native Americans.
Cleveland's Major League Baseball Team, Washington D.C.'s Football Team, and our own Taconic High School right here in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have all made the decision to change their mascot's name at the request of numerous Native American groups across the country.
Two years ago the City of Pittsfield and the Taconic High School Mascot subcommittee partnered with a pro-bono marketing firm and released a public input survey to help select a new mascot to replace the former Braves name.
There are still about 30 high schools in the state of Massachusetts whose mascot has some depiction of a Native American, either by name or by image.
Check out a list of some Massachusetts high schools that have already made the switch, and one that did not, based on a town vote.
One high school in Massachusetts put the debate over their Native American mascot to a town vote, where it was denied the change but the public. Residents of the Boston suburb of Wakefield voted to keep the high school’s Native American mascot and logo. Wakefield voters supported keeping the school’s Warrior mascot and the accompanying image of a man wearing a feathered headdress by a 2,911 to 2,337 vote, according to the town’s unofficial results. The nonbinding ballot question had sharply divided the town of some 27,000 residents north of Boston.
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