What will Lancaster’s mascot be ?
With the Redskins name gone, Lancaster students came up with seven potential new nicknames and logos. View each of them below.
Students now will be asked to vote on: the Alphas, Legends, Dragons, Pride, Jaguars, Red Hawks and Knights.
Lancaster students were invited to submit design and name ideas last month. Then students at the Middle and High schools voted on their top five favorites. Those were whittled down to seven final designs. One mascot - a dragon - had two versions that are being considered.
The students’ drawings were publicized Tuesday but school officials said when the final votes are conducted on May 27, the students will select from professionally-rendered versions of the images.
The final round of voting will include all students of Lancaster High School, Lancaster Middle School, William Street School and the third grade class representatives.
Ballot machines from the Erie County Board of Elections ballot machines will be used.
If the results are close – 100 or fewer vote difference – a run-off election will be held May 28, the district said.
Student leaders pushed to have a new mascot in place before the school year ends, when 488 graduating seniors receive their diplomas June 26 at Kleinhans Music Hall.
“It will be the last of the old, and the first of the new,” said Jacob Doyle, a senior and Student Union officer who was one of 21 students selected to be part of the high school’s organizational committee that helped outline and guide the mascot selection process.
Student leaders and school officials are aware of the passion surrounding the nearly 70-year-old mascot and name. They say it will not be forgotten. An official retirement of the old mascot is planned for June 15 at the high school; the entire process for a new mascot is to be completed by June 24.
Just two districts in New York State, Oriskany and Canisteo-Greenwood, still have Redskins mascots. Lancaster’s School Board voted unanimously March 16 to retire the mascot immediately due to racial and ethnic concerns.
Two years ago, Cooperstown schools dropped the Redskins name and became the Hawkeyes.
The seven finalists for Lancaster Central School District:
Lancaster Dragons (two versions):
Here's Karen Robinson's story about how the process will work.