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Big Dawgs? Red Hawks? Possible new names for Sexton High School mascot emerge

J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing

The process of changing the name of Lansing J.W. Sexton High School’s mascot is moving forward with a list of names to replace a name seen by some as insensitive.

The Lansing School District announced the decision in July to change the mascot from "Big Reds." A grant of $87,500 from the Native American Heritage Fund will help pay for the change. The total cost could reach $250,000. The district may apply for a second grant next year.

At a meeting this week, alternative names chosen by students were unveiled, including Big Dawgs, Cardinals, J-Dubbs, Saints, Scorpions and Vipers.

The Lansing State Journal reports that members of the Native American community, Sexton alumni and others are also suggesting possible names, like Red Hawks.

A final selection is expected in late December.

The next step will be designing a new logo. District officials hope to have a new name and logo for Sexton when the 2023 school year starts.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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