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Four HISD campuses will have to adopt new mascots after the school board gave final approval Thursday to a policy banning certain nicknames such as the Redskins.
The proposal from Superintendent Terry Grier drew some debate among students, alumni and community members, but the change puts the school district in line with others nationwide that have retired mascots tied to Native Americans.
Specifically, the new Houston Independent School District policy bans nicknames deemed offensive or culturally insensitive. District leaders said the affected mascots are the Lamar High Redskins, the Westbury High Rebels, the Hamilton Middle School Indians and the Welch Middle School Warriors.
The school principals will have the next several months to work with the community to adopt new mascots, said HISD spokeswoman Tiffany Davila-Dunne. The school board will not have to sign off on the new names.
Grier oversaw the changing of some mascots in his former district in North Carolina, and proposed the policy in Houston with urging from state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.