Wells High School will keep Warriors name, change Native American imagery
WELLS (WGME) – Following months of controversy, and criticism from the ACLU, Wells High School is making a change at mascot.
The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District voted unanimously to adopt a committee’s recommendation, meaning Wells High School will maintain the Warriors name, but will remove all Native American imagery.
Seventy percent of mascot advisory committee voters supported keeping the Wells Warrior name, and removing all Native American imagery.
Wednesday night, the school board agreed in a 6-0 vote.
Native American imagery will be removed from all schools across the district. Superintendent Jim Daly says the process could cost as much as $10,000.
"We'll retire all of the Native American imagery and put it in the hall of fame, but as far as the gym floor is concerned that may take some time," Daly said.
After five meetings over nine months, the mascot matter is resolved at Wells High School.
Other than Wells, Skowhegan High School is currently the only Maine school using Native American imagery for its sports teams.