Port Townsend High School drops Redskins as mascot
A Washington state high school has become the latest to drop Redskins as its mascot, the Peninsula Daily News reports.
Port Townsend High School, which is located on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, announced Monday that they'll stop using the Redskins moniker, which had been in place since 1926. The school board voted to retire the name over the next year.
"I fail to see how a symbol, even a revered symbol, that is generally acknowledged to be divisive can be helpful in preparing students for success in the increasingly connected and collaborative 21st Century," Port Townsend School Board member Ann Burkhart said, according to the Daily Record.
The school is just the latest to drop the moniker as a nationwide controversy over whether the use of the name is appropriate. Earlier this month, Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho abandoned Redskins as its mascot.
Of course, the center of the controversy is in the nation's capital, where the Washington Redskins have defiantly and repeatedly defended the use of the name. In a May interview with USA Today, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said that the team will "NEVER" - emphasis his - change the team's name.
A group of Congress members, including D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, recently sent a letter to Snyder asking him to reconsider.