- Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2017

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Some alumni of Vermont’s South Burlington High School are upset with the school board’s decision to replace the school’s long-used mascot of “Rebels.”

Earlier this month The South Burlington School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to drop the rebel team name starting this fall in order to be more inclusive.

Cory Mansfield, a 1996 South Burlington graduate, said a Rebel Facebook page drew 1,500 members overnight after it was launched last week.

The rebel mascot was fashioned as a Southern soldier when the high school opened in 1961 because the city had seceded from Burlington years earlier. It was removed decades ago, but the nickname remained.

The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/2kclahy ) reports school officials say they are close to announcing a process to select a new mascot.

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