School Officials Consider Name Change For Vallejo High’s Apache Mascot

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Vallejo welcome sign at city limits. (CBS)

Vallejo welcome sign at city limits. (CBS)

VALLEJO (CBS/AP) — School officials are considering changing the name of Vallejo High School’s American Indian mascot.

District administrators will recommend that the school board approve a name change for Vallejo High’s Apache mascot at Wednesday’s board meeting.

The mascot has been a long source of tension between people who believe the name honors the Apache and those who feel it is offensive to American Indians.

A staff report by Vallejo City Unified School District says the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recommends avoiding the use of Native American images and nicknames.

The report does not offer a specific replacement for the Apache mascot.

Officials say the school will likely retain its colors even if the board approves the mascot change.

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