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Al­len­town’s Raub Mid­dle School has new mas­cot af­ter re­mov­ing the Indian

- By Jac­que­line Palochko Morn­ing Call re­porter Jac­que­line Palochko can be reached at 610-820-6613 or at NFL Football · American Football · Sports · Allentown · Raub, Indiana · Washington · NFL · Washington Redskins · Cleveland Indians · Lehigh Valley · Wilson Area School District

Al­len­town’s Raub Mid­dle School will now be rep­re­sented by the Ravens, af­ter the dis­trict re­moved its for­mer mas­cot out of sen­si­tiv­ity to­ward Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

The other con­sid­er­a­tions were the Wolves, Dragons and Li­ons. The Ravens re­ceived the most votes from stu­dents, staff, com­mu­nity mem­bers and school board di­rec­tors.

Board Pres­i­dent Sara Brace said at Thurs­day’s board meet­ing, where the new name was an­nounced, that chang­ing the mas­cot will “make sure our schools are wel­come to all.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Thomas Parker called it “a re­ally strong sym­bolic change.”

In September, the dis­trict re­moved the Indian from the school’s so­cial me­dia, web­site and cor­re­spon­dence. The mas­cot change comes as teams from pro­fes­sional sports to schools are pushed to re­place names and mas­cots that could be of­fen­sive to Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

In July, Washington’s NFL team said it would drop its Red­skins nick­name and logo of al­most 90 years.

Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Cleve­land In­di­ans also said it would con­sider chang­ing its name.

Raub is the first school in the Le­high Val­ley to do so.

Le­high­ton Area School Dis­trict teams are known as the In­di­ans and Wil­son Area School Dis­trict’s nick­name is the War­riors. There has been no pub­lic push to change ei­ther name.

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