Outgoing Redskins, Incoming Legends by Grace McCormick
After 88 years of being Redskins, Fort Wayne Community Schools allowed the students and faculty of North Side to vote through online polls about the new mascot. The final four choices were Raptors, Falcons, Night Hawks and Legends. During lunch mods, the choices were narrowed down and the North Side population “selected a name that they believed represents the school’s strong past, present and future,” according to FWCS Superintendent, Wendy Robinson, in an interview with the News Sentinel.
The choice to use “Redskins” as the original mascot name for North Side was derived from pride in Indiana’s involved Native American history of the Miami tribe.
The Redskin name was used from 1927 to 2016. The new mascot was announced before winter break of the 2015-16 school year and became official at the start of the 2016-17 school year.
Suzie Brown, a North Side sophomore, said, “At first I was hesitant about the change because I was so used to being a Redskin, but this change creates a different atmosphere and a new beginning.”
There is no current plan to remove images of the logo around the school. If need be, the murals will be painted over during the 2017 summer, but the decorated tiles and stained glass window will most likely remain the same due to financial issues.
However, on the North Side website, the logo has been updated from a red and white Native American profile with a headdress to a orange phoenix-like bird.
Sports uniforms of FWCS are replaced on a 3-year rotation, so when the time comes for each sport, uniforms will be updated with the new name and logo, but changes could take several years.
“As a cheerleader, I can see that there is a large group of students, especially sports players, who love the new name. The name ‘Legends’ has a certain energy, and it is being passed around the school positively,” said Brown.