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Oklahoma City School Board Votes to Drop High School’s ‘Redskins’ Mascot

By Bryan Toporek — December 11, 2014 1 min read
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The Oklahoma City School Board voted unanimously Monday to drop the “Redskins” mascot from Capitol Hill High School effective immediately, drawing a mixed reaction from community members.

Capitol Hill had the mascot for 88 years, according to Tim Willert of, but students, teachers, and other school administrators attended the board’s meeting Monday night to speak out against its continued existence.

Following the board’s vote, Tierney Tinnin, the district’s spokesperson, released the following statement (via

Oklahoma City Public Schools respects and honors the Native American community and students in our district, state, and nation. The administration will immediately begin eliminating the use of the Redskins mascot and will create a committee of students, alumni and community members to identify a new mascot for Capitol Hill High School before the end of the spring semester.

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Ben Felder of the

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.