Despite strong opposition from some local residents, a Washington school board voted unanimously Monday night to drop Port Townsend High School’s “Redskins” mascot after nearly 90 years.
Dozens of students and community members crowded into the school’s auditorium to support the mascot, Q13 Fox reported.
Frank Boushie, a Native American who moved to Washington 30 years ago, was angered by some of the comments.
“It was so racist in there, it was unbelievable,” he told the station. “They just don’t get it.”
Terri McQuillen, another Native American, said she never took offense to the name.
“I didn’t, because I was raised to understand my responsibility is to take my name and make it proud,” she said.
Superintendent David Engle said the community will be part of the process in choosing a new name and mascot.
“What I would say is a maritime community like ours, we always have people moving in and out,” he told Q13 Fox. “It’s part of the richness of the community. We have to make space in our community for lots of different views.”
The “Redskins” mascot will be retired within the next year.