(1-15-21) The students of Indianapolis Roncalli voted this week for a new mascot – Roncalli Royals.

In August of 2020, the Roncalli administrative leadership team announced the formation of a task force to begin the process of choosing a new nickname. For the past fifty years Roncalli has been known as the Rebels, however the decision was made to change the name in order to better reflect the school’s Catholic Mission as well as the ministry and life of patron Angelo Roncalli, Saint John XXIII.

For the past six months, the task force, composed of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and parents, has been meeting regularly to solicit suggestions for new nicknames. After surveying the community, a list of top choices was presented to the current student body. On January 12 and 13, Roncalli students voted from the three top choices and selected Royals by a substantial majority.

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Over the next few months, the Roncalli marketing and communications team will work toward developing several images representing the new nickname. A logo and mascot will be chosen after further feedback is gathered from the task force, students and members of the Roncalli community.

The Roncalli gymnasium, built in 1962, will also get a name change. It will now be known as the Bishop Chartrand Gymnasium, to honor one of the two schools that merged in 1969 to become Roncalli High School. The other was Sacred Heart High School.