- Aug 16, 2010
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- Western Oklahoma
On Monday it was announced that Frederick Douglass High School would be known as the Stallions. Quicker than you can type change.org, Diane Cahill had started a petition to change the name because it is “inappropriate and sexist,” especially to the girls’ sports teams.
She delivered the petition to school board superintendent Manny Caulk, who offered up this alternative.
“Moving forward, we will keep the Keeneland green and orange colors and horse image in the school logo to pay homage to Lexington’s rich history in the horse industry, but we will allow the incoming students of Frederick Douglass High School to choose their mascot,” Caulk said in a statement. “We’ve already received suggestions of Thoroughbreds or Racers as possible alternatives to Stallions and we will solicit additional ideas from our students before they choose a horse-themed mascot grounded in the land’s equestrian heritage.”
“What message does this send to our daughters and granddaughters? Our sons and grandsons?” the Lexington Herald Leader reported the petition said. “We demand that the name be changed to something more gender neutral and more indicative of Douglass’s brilliant mind, successful career and vision for equality and to send a message to all students that they are respected and valued.”