PIQUA – Piqua High School’s mascot, the “Indians,” has drawn a lot of criticism in recent years. Some locals call it honorable and historic, while most deem it highly offensive. Now, the name will likely change for good.
Last week, a crowd of 5,000 protesters marched around Piqua’s football stadium chanting “change the name, change the name!” The crowd knocked over 2 stadium light posts and looted the concession stands, using ketchup and mustard packets to deface the Indian mascot.
After the demonstration, officials quickly announced plans to reconsider using the Indian as their name.
The Piqua School Board has already built a Rebranding Committee, and has held meetings to present new mascot concepts. New name suggestions include the Penguins, Pickles, Swamp Dragons, Pacifiers (in honor of Piqua’s largest employer, Evenflo), Edisons, and the Utah Jazz. No decision has been made, and the school board is still taking suggestions from the community.
“We just want to get it right this time, so we don’t have to change it again. Personally, I think the Piqua River Gators has a nice ring to it,” said Rachel Tyton of the Rebranding Committee.
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