4 Houston schools get new mascots after ban

HOUSTON (AP) — Four schools in the Houston school district have new mascots following the school board’s vote to ban the use of any race or ethnic group for such symbols.

The Houston Independent School District unveiled the new mascots Tuesday.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Lamar High School Redskins will become the Texans. The Welch Middle School Warriors will become the Wolf Pack. The Huskies will replace the Westbury High Rebels and the Hamilton Middle School Indians.

The ban takes effect next school year.

The newspaper reports that a school district document says nearly $50,000 will be spent on new uniforms for fall sports, and additional costs were expected for spring sports uniforms and to replace mascot names and images on gym doors and other facilities.

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