This fall, the communities of Chinook Middle School and Tyee High School came together to choose new mascots, in compliance with a new state law prohibiting schools from using Native names, symbols, or images as mascots, logos, or team names.
Tyee High School will officially be the Tyee Titans.
Chinook Middle School will officially be the Chinook Dragons.
Our goal is to have new logos selected by the end of the school year. Students, families and staff will have an opportunity to be part of the process via input surveys and events.
Students completed a process in advisory class to identify potential mascots that represent the characteristics of their schools.
Families, community members and alumni were invited to participate in a Thoughtexchange to generate ideas.
Alumni and community members attended a meeting and had the opportunity to suggest mascots for each school.
Students, families, community members, and alumni voted on the top picks via a survey before Winter Break. The winning entries were recommended to Superintendent Enfield as the new mascots of Chinook and Tyee.
A New State Law
A new state law prohibiting schools from using Native names, symbols, or images as mascots means Chinook Middle School and Tyee High School must choose new mascots. The law requires that the Tyee Totem and Chinook Thunderbird mascots be retired by December 31, 2021. The law reflects many years of advocacy by tribes in Washington state.
We are consulting with our Native partners on how to retire art, icons and other items on campus that reflect the old mascots.
This story on KUOW Radio has more about how and why schools are replacing their Native-themed mascots.