Last year, the Oregon Board of Education voted to prohibit schools from using Native American mascots, nicknames and logos, and the Washington State Board of Education recommended that its schools do the same. Cooperstown (N.Y.) Central High School is leaving the decision wheter to replace its controversial nickname to its students.
District Board of Education President Dr. David Borgstom told the Oneonta (N.Y.) Daily Star that students will take a 10-minute survey indicating their preferences for as many as three nicknames from a list of 10. The list will include Central's current nickname, Redskins, which has been used since the mid-1920s.
The nine other options, which were proposed by the Cooperstown Central student council, are Coyotes, Deer Slayers, Hawkeyes, Hawks, Hunters, Leatherstockings, Pioneers, Red Hawks and Wolves.
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“I am convinced the time has come to make a change” Borgstrom told the Daily Star. “We cannot continue on a path of recognizing the importance of diversity education, and cultural sensitivity and continue to be called the Redskins.”
The school's logo features a silhouette of the "Indian Hunter" statue by John Quincy Adams Ward, which stands in Cooperstown's Lake Front Park. Superintendent C.J. Hebert said he thinks Cooperstown could retain the logo, depending on which nickname is chosen.
According to the Daily Star, more details of the potential nickname change will be discussed at the district’s next board meeting on Feb. 6.
For the record, my vote would be for Deer Slayers.
Thanks to DC Sports Bog for the heads up.