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Originally published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 5:53 AM

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Port Townsend School Board retires 'Redskins' name

The Port Townsend School Board voted unanimously Monday night to retire "Redskins" as a team name and mascot for the high school.

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The Port Townsend School Board voted unanimously Monday night to retire "Redskins" as a team name and mascot for the high school.

The board followed the recommendation of a study group that said the name should be retired with honor, but most of the nearly 300 people at the meeting favored keeping the name.

The Peninsula Daily News reports ( http://is.gd/etb6SM) some in the crowd yelled Redskins cheers after the vote.

Board member Ann Burkhart said the name was not intentionally disrespectful to Native American but a divisive symbol doesn't help students.

Students and community members will select a new mascot for the Port Townsend High School.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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