SANFORD, Maine — The Sanford School Committee has voted to drop the nickname Redskins for the local high school’s sports teams.
The board on Monday voted 4-1 to change the name after the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission and representatives of several Maine tribes said the name was derogatory.
Some residents expressed pride in the name and said the community and students should have had a chance to weigh in.
Board member Adam Cote said that while he has pride in the name he voted it to change it to something “everyone can rally around.”
Sanford was the last high school in the state with the Redskins nickname.
The committee also told school administrators to work with students to come up with three or four suggestions for a new nickname.