Local schools face pressure with “Redskin” mascot

Wapakoneta High School

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (WDTN) — With the National Football League’s Washington Redskins trademark denial, some local schools are facing pressure to potentially change their name.

Wapakoneta City Schools are collectively known as the Redskins. According to Superintendent Keith Horner, the name pays tribute to the Shawnee Tribe who first settled the area.

“In this particular area, when we lose that ability to name ourselves the Redskins, that is a huge part of our history,” Horner added, “to [change the name], we’d lose a huge connection to our past.”

Wapakoneta isn’t the only school in the area with native american roots. We left a message with Tecumseh Local Schools in Clark County to see if they’ve considered changing their current “arrows” logo. We’ve yet to hear from their superintendent.

Back in Wapakoneta, the community supports their heritage by large and small Native American fixtures around the town.

When asked if the school district would consider changing their name, Horner was confident it wouldn’t happen anytime soon.

“Never say never, but I can pretty firmly state that our current position is that we will have no intention of changing our name. We take pride in being Wapakoneta Redskins.”

So with a recent trademark denial with the Washington Redskins NFL team, we wanted to know if Superintendent Horner has heard any complaints.

“Yeah, I mean anytime this gets public attention, we do get comments or feedback. It’s typically from, but not always, but typically from people outside our community. From people who don’t take the same sense of pride that it means to be a Redskin.”

We will update this story once we hear back from the Tecumseh Schools Superintendent.

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