The departure was noted at a Radnor Township School Board policy committee Tuesday, when Radnor Principal Mark Schellenger updated the panel about the development. He said pictures of the departing mascot are in the 2013 yearbook, but that is the end.
“There will be no mascot — no character of an Indian on our sidelines,” Schellenger said. “The Red Raider is graduated, while at the same time we will maintain the tradition of the Radnor Raiders.”
In Chester County, four schools use Native American references for mascots: Coatesville, Unionville, Octorara and West Chester Henderson. So is there now or will there soon be other local efforts to follow Radnor’s path?
Octorara Superintendent Thomas Newcome II said Thursday that the topic of jettisoning the Brave as a mascot has been brought up over the years.
“We’ve had people question it in the past. We’ve actively decided to try to bring some respect and honor to the Native American heritage,” said Newcome. “We teach all the students an acronym of the word BRAVES: Bold, Responsible, Ambitious, Virtuous, Energetic and Selfless.”
The district has a statue in front of the high school that portrays a Brave carrying a diploma rather than a weapon.
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