Boise School Board mascot meeting

Participants wear T-shirts adorned with #bebrave as a show of support during a Boise school board meeting to consider changing Boise High School’s mascot from “the Braves” to “the Brave,” Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.

The Boise school board unanimously authorized Boise High School’s mascot to change from the “Boise Braves” to “Boise Brave” Monday night, after 27 people testified mostly in support of the switch, writes Idaho Press reporter Erin Bamer. Boise High officials last week announced they intended to make the change.

The school’s principal, Robb Thompson, said the change is “the final step in a multi-year process to move Boise High’s mascot away from a caricature of Native American culture.”

“Every day is a good day to be brave,” Thompson said at Monday’s meeting.

In a letter to the board, Boise High staff Denise Donovan said school officials have worked with students and stakeholders to evolve Boise High’s branding away from Native American imagery since 2014. This summer, she said Boise High leadership worked with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes “to more fully understand the history and the concerns regarding offensive Native American imagery and mascots.”

“Boise Schools has always been able to move forward while respecting the past. The administration’s recommendation does not erase, nor diminish, Boise High’s past,” Donovan, the school’s quad area director, said in the letter.

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Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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