Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Ends Years of Debate, Retires Nickname and Logo

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The Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board has voted to retire the school district’s iconic Indian logo that has been the subject of a decade-long debate about whether it should be kept, writes Fran Maye for the Daily Local News.

“Racism has no part in our community,” said board member Tom Day. “We should call it out as disgusting and abhorrent when we see it.”

He said that school mascot should be three things: something not divisive that would do no harm, something that tells a story about the community, and one that is a symbol for the community to rally around.

According to Day, the Indian mascot – a reference to the Lenni-Lenape natives who lived in the Philadelphia area nearly 10,000 years before Europeans arrived in the region – fails in every regard.

The actual mascot was done away with several years ago. The latest vote affects the name and the logo, which includes a feather. As a result, older sports uniforms and equipment that have this logo will be replaced, and the gym floor will be re-sanded.

A new team nickname is currently being discussed.

Read more about the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District in the Daily Local News here.

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