INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indianapolis Catholic high school drops its nickname “rebels” and cites the “negative connotations” associated with the name, which is often associated with the Confederation.
The Roncalli High School interim president said in a video posted on social media Wednesday that a task force would be convened to choose a new nickname and mascot.
This video does not address the “negative connotations” from which the school wants to distance itself.
But The Indianapolis Star reports that Confederate imagery, including a general Confederate character used on the cover of some school yearbooks, was eventually linked to the Roncalli rebels.
The school banned these images in the 1990s.