Change is nothing new for Jamestown Excessive Faculty’s mascot. Actually, all through the final century, the mascot and nickname have modified quite a few instances.
In a current reconvening of the Pink Raider Committee to debate the continuing use of the varsity’s nickname, members researched the historical past of the varsity’s mascot and located that it has undergone various modifications for the reason that early-Twentieth century.
The unique nickname for JHS sports activities staff was the “purple and inexperienced,” and the varsity donned this identify from 1905-1935, in response to the committee’s analysis.
In 1936, the primary use of the phrase “raiders” was discovered, as the varsity’s nickname was the “purple and inexperienced raiders.” In 1937, the primary reference to the identify “purple raiders” was discovered by the committee.
A mascot or brand from 1937 wasn’t found, however the first mascot for the varsity was discovered to be a purple panther in 1948. The brand was discovered on varied sports activities groups uniforms in addition to a mural on the previous health club wall.
This mascot and brand have been used sporadically for the following 23 years, till the primary Native American brand was found on soccer helmets in 1971.
It wasn’t till the mid-Nineties that the official Native American caricature was extensively used on attire and indicators all through the varsity. That caricature was used till 2014, when important modifications have been made.
Ben Drake, Jamestown Excessive Faculty athletic director, is the chairman of the Pink Raider Committee, which was created to debate the elimination of the Native American caricature from the JHS brand.
“The unique committee was shaped in 2014,” Drake stated. “We had various coaches, student-athletes and group members on that committee. That was just about the place we eradicated the usage of the Pink Raider Indian caricature.”
The elimination of the Native American caricature from the varsity’s brand was adopted by the adoption of the “J” with feathers on it, and shortly after, the brand new brand was in all places.
“All people went all-in on that,” Drake stated of the brand new brand. “We actually branded that fairly exhausting during the last seven years, and it’s throughout. You see it on the turf, health club ground, our uniforms — in all places.”
Final yr, the problem of whether or not the feathers on the “J” have been deemed Native American imagery arose, and Superintendent Kevin Whitaker requested the committee to reconvene to debate the matter.
“It was quite a lot of the identical committee members, and we added a number of extra,” Drake stated of the brand new committee. “We had a pair extra college students, board member, dad and mom and we additionally tried to verify we added some people on the committee who didn’t essentially have ties to the athletic division.”
The committee took a tour of the Seneca Nation museum, and after many conferences, really helpful the feathers on the “J” be faraway from the varsity’s brand as a result of it was deemed as offensive imagery.
“The committee has at this level really helpful that we cease utilizing the ‘J’ with the feathers and undertake a brand new brand,” Drake stated in a June 8 board of training assembly.
The last word choice to outright change the varsity’s nickname and brand will likely be as much as the varsity board. The Pink Raider Committee is not going to meet once more till the varsity board make
s their decision.