STOCKTON — Calaveras High School will no longer feature a mascot and will be simply referred to as “Calaveras High School.”
The school announced late Tuesday at a Calaveras Unified School District board meeting that community input was overwhelming to forgo a mascot change from Redskins. Instead, the school will keep the current logo, which depicts an American Indian in full headdress, a sequoia and a crest with mining tools, without “Redskins” attached.
California outlawed the use of “Redskins” as a nickname for public schools last fall. The law affected four high schools: Calaveras, Chowchilla, Gustine and Tulare Union. Gustine will be known as The Reds, one of the alternative nicknames once discussed for Calaveras. Tulare Union will decide on a new mascot by the end of June, according to media reports, and Chowchilla plans to change it some time this year.
Calaveras Principal Mike Merrill said in a statement that while although none of school officials would have ever wished to go through this mandate, he is proud of the work that a committee comprising students, alumni and community members did that helped to make the decision.
Calaveras High had been undergoing the process of a new nickname for several months, ever since Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that made California the first in the nation to ban public schools from using “Redskins” as a name for sports teams.
The Redskins mascot had been in place at Calaveras since the mid-1940s. The creation and eventual passing of AB30 at the urging of Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown, an Argonaut High School student in Jackson, and bill sponsor Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, was met with joy.
“We are heartened to learn that Calaveras has chosen to drop the use of their mascot, we hope that this change also marks a shift in ideologies and practices at Calaveras High,” Dahkota Brown said in a statement.
“As we continue our relationship with Calaveras, we do ask that they reconsider their attire policies for school events, and do away with the practice of ‘playing Indian’ and wearing headdresses, war paint, and other faux-Native practices. We look forward to this new era of Calaveras, which is inclusive and accepting for all students.”
|Chowchilla News Day
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