Board to consider retiring Rebel mascot 

By Megan Wehring 

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees will consider voting to retire the Rebel mascot at Thursday’s meeting. 

In a statement provided to the Hays community, administration recommends the Board to delay selecting a new mascot. 

“The district did attempt to conduct a top-choice selection process for a new mascot in early July,” the statement read, “However, the new mascot selection campaign was interrupted by unexpected circumstances that affected the process. The 

administration does not believe it was able to obtain enough student response during this process to be confident that the responses fully represent what students would like to see as a new mascot.”

If the Board decides to retire the mascot, a replacement mascot will likely be selected at a later date. Hays High School would also open in the fall as ‘the rebels.’ Students would not be required to wear uniforms with ‘the rebels’ if they do not wish to do so. 

“Though the campus could begin 

phasing out ‘rebel’ depictions on websites, walls, and other places around the building immediately, an official mascot change-over date would likely not occur until the spring semester or at the start of the 2021-2022 school year,” the statement read.

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