(7-20-21) In an unanimous decision, the District 210 board voted to remove Lemont (Illinois) High School’s longtime mascot name of the Indians.
The name will be discontinued for all student activities and sporting events starting at the beginning of the upcoming school year.
The vote was 7-0 by the District 210 school board.
The mascot, originally the Indians, was changed in the 1960s to ‘Injuns’. 20 years ago, the name reverted back to the Indians, a name that remains today.
In 2004, the District voted to change the mascot to the Titans. Despite the vote, the school reverted back to the Indians following community outcry over changing the name to the Titans.
Native American attorney Robert Sanooke
“The term mascot is really to be a character, it’s not honoring somebody. It’s more about minimizing what they are to nothing more than a circle and a sticker on their helmet.”
July 19, 2021
STATEMENT FROM KURT KORTE – PRESIDENT, LEMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 210 BOARD OF EDUCATION
At its meeting on Monday, July 19, the Lemont High School District 210 Board of Education approved a resolution to discontinue the use of “Indians” in reference to its student activities and athletic teams effective at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, and to begin phasing out the use of the “LHS Indians” logo for activities and athletics.
The Board of Education is unanimous in its support of this resolution, which can be found in full at the bottom of the page.
Lemont High School students are well prepared for the next stage in their lives and are successful in the classroom, on stage, and on the playing fields. These successes can be attributed to consistent community support, as well as to the Board of Education and school administrators aligning their goals to the district’s mission: “For all students to become life-long, independent learners and productive citizens in a rapidly changing world.”
The primary responsibility of the Board of Education is to ensure our students are provided with the best educational experience at Lemont High School. It is imperative for our students to learn to think critically in an environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.
The resolution approved by the Board of Education is supportive of that responsibility.