LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Lancaster High School students heard the news on the morning announcements. They will be the driving force behind finding a new team name.
“We get to pick out the name we want to, and we get to vote for a new logo and everything,” said Lancaster freshman Evan MacPeek.
JV Football Captain Joe Molea thinks that makes sense.
“I think that if we pick our own name, it’s still going to represent us,” he said.
Of all the High Schools around the country that had used the name Redskins, most of them still use it, but Lancaster becomes the 33 high school to drop that team name.
“I think it’s good that they’re letting us direct the new name, but at the same time it’s not going to be the same,” said Cheerleader Aaliyah Staufenberger.
Some were upset at Monday night’s meeting when the unanimous vote was taken to drop the name that some Native Americans find offensive.
Three other local school districts boycotted Lacrosse games against Lancaster because of the name, but now that the team name has been dropped, at least Lake Shore, and Akron still won’t play Lancaster because they had already made schedule changes and don’t want to change back.
School Board President Kenneth Graber reminded the crowd that many School Board members are up for re election in May.
“You as citizens have a right to review us at the ballot box on May 19th,” he said.
Lancaster resident Patti Simme thinks there will be some turnover on the board.
“I do, I do. I think a lot of them are going to be gone because people are very upset by this,” Simme said.
There is no timeline about when the new name will be decided on. Lancaster sports are in transition right now. The winter sports just ended, the spring sports are about to begin, but all of the jerseys made for this year did not have the word Redskins on them, so changing jerseys will not be a factor.