What Should Become of the Colonel?

A South High Controversy

What Should Become of the Colonel?

Lucy Reidy, News Editor

In the past few years, many high schools across the United States have been looking at their mascots in terms of if they’re offensive or not. Schools across the country have started to change their mascots in an effort to be more inclusive. Recent debate over South High’s mascot, The Colonel, has brought one question to the table. Should we change our mascot?

First, let’s examine the history of the Colonel. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the “colonel” derives from the French word “coronelle”. A French Coronelle was usually a commander of soldiers. Our school’s mascot was designed by the Worcester Telegram cartoonist Al Banx in 1939. Banx also created mascots for Auburn High and Assumption University. Obviously, times have changed since 1939. The Colonel in our mascot is depicted holding two guns, and with the surge in gun violence over the past decade, this aspect of the mascot may be seen as insensitive.

Our Principal, Mr. Creamer, spoke to Ms. Ledoux on this issue, giving his opinion. Mr. Creamer said, “I’m loyal to South, not to the guns, or to the Colonel figure, if that’s what everyone decides needs to change.” Mr. Creamer noted that what is most important is that there is some thoughtful, inclusive discussion on the issue. He brought up the idea that there may need to be some research done on the history of the Colonel mascot. Looking at this issue, his priority is that the voices of the student body, staff, and alumni are considered in this future decision.

Since the debate over our mascot has come about, more and more people in the student body have had opinions on it. If there is more information that is important to know, or you want to voice your opinion on the subject, please don’t hesitate to write in. We would love to hear what you have to say.