Board to recommend changing high school’s Apaches nickname
VALLEJO | School officials in Northern California are considering changing the name of a high school’s American Indian mascot.
The Vallejo Times Herald reported Sunday that district administrators will recommend the school board approve a name change for Vallejo High’s Apache mascot at Wednesday’s board meeting.
The mascot long has been a source of tension between people who say the name honors the Apaches and those who maintain it is offensive to American Indians.
A staff report by Vallejo City Unified School District notes that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recommends avoiding the use of Indian images and nicknames.
The report does not offer a specific replacement for the Apache mascot. Officials say the school likely will retain its colors even if the board approves the mascot change.