As you may remember, a decision was made to remove the name of the North High Mascot, "Redskins".  Most likely we all have varying degrees of memories that are evoked by hearing that name!  Our individual thoughts on this change, positive or negative, are as varied as each of us!  At the bottom of this announcement, you will have a link that takes you to a very brief survey on which you can share your suggestions for a new mascot name.  Please take an opportunity to do so.  The current student body and current staff have been surveyed and our responses will be compiled with theirs.  Finally, student leadership will review input and develop a recommendation to be presented to the Board of Education.   It is hoped a decision can be reached this fall.   

Here is the official notification from USD 259:

The Wichita Board of Education approves removing name of North High mascot

In a 6-0 vote, the Wichita Board of Education approved dropping the name Redskins as the North High School mascot during its February 8, 2021 meeting. The BOE agreed with the North High Mascot Committee that the name is offensive to Native Americans and is racially and culturally insensitive. 

The committee will not create a new mascot, but will adhere to BOE policy 1216, which states a school building principal is responsible for the development of school themes, songs, flags, etc. At this time, the North High administration has no plans to create a new mascot. The school will be referred to Wichita North High School and the school will continue to use their shield, drum and feather logo.

The school will have a 2-year phase-in plan starting in the 21-22 school year to remove the mascot name on athletic and fine arts uniforms, school apparel and signs. 

The committee said this is not about rewriting history or erasing North’s past and accomplishments of the North community and alumni. All trophy cases and statues will remain as they are, as well as the Native American artwork on the outside of the school.  

The committee also recommended the development of a 9th grade Advocacy class curriculum that highlights the history of North High and its Native American influence. The curriculum would be developed in conjunction with the WPS Native American Program and include hands-on experiences with Native American artifacts.

Here is the link for the survey