Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement
In this Nov. 10, 2005 photo, Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is calling on the Southern California high school to get rid of its longstanding mascot that it deems offensive. The mascot has been around since the 1920s and chosen to recognize the area's reliance on date farming, traditionally a Middle Eastern crop. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Marilyn Chung)

Meeting planned on school's Arab mascot

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
News Jamestown, 58401
Jamestown Sun
701-251-2873 customer support
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) — A special meeting will be held to discuss the growing controversy over a Southern California high school's longstanding Arab mascot.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The Desert Sun reports Tuesday (http://mydesert.co/1bBFyKa ) that the Coachella Valley Unified School Board had planned to address the issue at a regular Nov. 21 meeting, but decided to hold a special meeting Friday to allow more time for discussion.

Coachella Valley High School's mascot has been around since the 1920s. It was chosen to recognize the area's reliance on date farming, traditionally a Middle Eastern crop. The mascot has evolved from a turban-wearing horseman carrying a lance to a standing figure with a snarl on its face and sporting a headscarf.

Recently, an anti-discrimination group demanded that the school get rid of the mascot.

Superintendent Darryl Adams said the mascot was never intended to ridicule anyone.

Advertisement
Associated Press
Advertisement
Advertisement
randomness