Fresno High School Drops ‘Warrior’ Mascot
Fresno Unified School District board members voted 6-1 last week to remove Fresno High’s mascot, a stereotypical Native American depicted with war paint across his face. The board, however, decided to keep the school’s “warriors” name.
Native American activists have complained that the image is racist. It is particularly offensive, they say, since the Fresno High campus is on land originally inhabited by Yokuts Natives.
Hundreds of high schools have dropped their Native-depicted mascots over the past several years. The effort to replace Fresno High’s ‘warrior’ will be led by students.
Board member Terry Slatic cast the lone “no” vote last week.