Hays CISD reveals design replacing retired Confederate mascot

The Hawks mascot was selected by Hays CISD students earlier this year to replace the Rebels mascot. (Courtesy Hays CISD)
The Hawks mascot was selected by Hays CISD students earlier this year to replace the Rebels mascot. (Courtesy Hays CISD)

The Hawks mascot was selected by Hays CISD students earlier this year to replace the Rebels mascot. (Courtesy Hays CISD)

Beginning with the fall 2021 semester, Hays High School will be represented by its new mascot, the Hawks. Students voted for the Hawks to replace its previous Rebels mascot earlier this year.

Students led the charge to retire the Rebels in the wake of the death of George Floyd due to the mascot's connection to the Confederacy. The Hays CISD board of trustees voted unanimously for the retirement in July.


Students and staff were the first to see the new branding, followed by parents.

A brand guide shows the Hawks mascot in a variety of different images with various logos, and a HCISD spokesperson said in an email the next step is to order athletic uniforms and signage.

In January, HCISD estimated the rebranding could cost up to $800,000. However, the district hoped the final bill would be less. Band and athletic uniforms account for the bulk of the expense.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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