Wichita school officials say discussions are getting started on changing the name of the mascot at North High School. The district released a message on Twitter on Monday:
WPS and the BOE agree that it’s time to have a community conversation to change the North High mascot. The Board of Education will hold its first public discussion on this topic on July 30, with a plan developed for community engagement to follow.
North High athletic teams have been known under the name Redskins, and the announcement from Wichita follows a decision by the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change the team’s nickname. There have been calls across the country to stop using nicknames that are considered racially offensive.