Four schools in the Houston school district have new mascots following the school board’s vote to ban the use of any race or ethnic group for such symbols.
The Houston Independent School District unveiled the new mascots Tuesday. Hamilton Middle School’s Indians will become the Huskies (the school’s first choice). Welch Middle School’s Warriors will become the Wolf Pack (also its first choice). And Westbury High School is leaving behind the Rebels to become the Huskies (also their first choice).
Lamar High School will drop the Redskins, although clearly not all students were in favor of that, to become the Texans, the school’s second choice and the one that HISD administrators and trustees believe is better to adopt.
The ban takes effect next school year and documents show nearly $50,000 will be spent on new uniforms for fall sports, and additional costs were expected for spring sports uniforms and to replace mascot names and images on gym doors and other facilities. Total costs of the switch could exceed $250,000.