ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Johnny Rebel, the longtime mascot of a Southern California high school, is history.
Savanna High’s nickname will continue to be Rebels, but the school board decided Monday to remove any perception of ties between the mustachioed, gray-uniformed cartoon mascot and the Confederacy.
Exactly what re-branding will entail at the Anaheim school hasn’t been specified, but a district estimate puts the cost of changes at $51,000.
The Orange County Register reports the decision came after a majority of students voted to change the mascot to eliminate references to a Civil War-era soldier.
Some alumni said during an emotional meeting that when the school opened in the 1960s they never associated the Rebels with the Confederacy or slavery. However most speakers at the meeting said the mascot should be altered or replaced.
Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com