Former Madeira athletes defend Amazon name

Madeira High School has two mascots, one for the boys and one for the girls.

When the school board announced a plan to review the district's individual team names - Mustangs and Amazons - several former Madeira athletes stepped up to defend the Amazon name.

Danielle Lydon is a former Madeira basketball player who still has her Amazon letterman's jacket. The nickname started in 1970 when the girls' teams began to win under legendary coach Nadine Wilson.

"The boys got upset that the girls were winning everything, and they called them 'Amazons'. One night they went in and trashed the girls locker room," Lydon explained.

Considering the real definition of an Amazon - a legendary race of female warriors - Coach Wilson decided to take the intended insult and turn it into a positive.

And nearly 45 years later, the Madeira Amazon mascot remains.

Recently, Lydon and a small army of alumni have banded together to defend the name after word spread that the district was planning to discuss brand refinement and a possible name change.

A memo from the district reads, "Our goal is to build a coherent and consistent message that is easily understood by everyone in Madeira and other districts."

The district will hold a public meeting to discuss the rebranding on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

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