Washington High School Drops Redskins Mascot
Despite widespread community support for keeping the name, Port Townsend High School in Port Townsend, Washington will drop its Redskins name and mascot. The Port Townsend School Board voted unanimously last night to make the change, according to the Associated Press.
The school board's decision was made on the recommendation of a study group that found that the name was offensive to Native Americans and it should be retired. But this didn't sit well with the nearly 300 people in attendance last night, with many routinely cheering speakers who opposed the name change and booing those who took an opposing view, reports the Peninsula Daily News.
With Port Townsend's decision, only one high school in Washington state still uses Redskins as its mascot, Wellpinit, according to the Capital News Service's The Other Redskins study.
Students and community members will select a new mascot and nickname for Port Townsend High.