Anderson High School plans to keep Redskins mascot
A scoreboard features the Anderson Redskins logo. Lisa Hutson/FOX19
Anderson High School Principal Mike Broadwater. Lisa Hutson/FOX19
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -
It has been the center of sports conversation the past two days.
The Washington Redskins are losing trademark protections to their mascot that the team has had since the 1960s.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said the name redskin is not subject to trademark protection because it is disparaging to Native Americans.
Here in the Tristate, Anderson High School in Anderson Township has had the redskins as their mascot for nearly 100 years.
It's called the home of the Redskins and according to school officials, it's been that way since the school was built in 1929. It's a mascot rooted in tradition that they say will not be going away easily.
Anderson Principal Mike Broad water said in the two years he has been with the Forest Hills Local School District, he has heard no complaints or concerns about the redskins mascot.
"The community has spoken pretty loudly that it is a name that is steeped in tradition and it's meant to show dignity and we treat it with as much respect as we can," he said.
In 1999, the Forest Hills school board voted unanimously to keep the mascot after supporters of the American Indian movement asked it be changed.
Broadwater said they take the wishes of their community seriously and until they ask the mascot be changed, it will likely stay the same.