Birdville ISD Board Votes to Change Richland High School Mascot
At a special called meeting, the Birdville ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to remove “Rebel(s)” and associated images as the school’s mascot and will work to select a new symbol to represent the school, students, staff, and the community moving forward. The Board did not want the current mascot and associated images to take away from how past, present, and future students are perceived by society.
“Richland High School students, staff and alumni have a rich history of doing great things in our community and around the world,” said Jack McCarty, Board president and 1980 graduate of Richland High School. “Our school’s history should be based on people and not divisive symbols.”
As a result of the Board’s decision, some modifications will be made in and around the campus immediately. However, it could take up to a year to complete the transition at Richland High School.
“The Board appreciates the feedback from the students, alumni, and community leading up to this decision,” McCarty said. “Your voices have been heard.”
The Board will announce their plans for naming a new mascot at a future date.