A new committee has been formed to discuss the possibility of changing the Rebel mascot of Franklin High School and is seeking feedback from the public, according to a release from Williamson County Schools.
The committee is composed of school faculty, students, district administrators and community members, with Leigh Webb, WCS assistant superintendent of secondary schools, serving as its chair.
“The committee’s purpose is not to decide on a new mascot but to make a recommendation on whether a change should occur, and we want input from the Franklin High community,” Webb said in a release.
The group first met July 7 and is requesting feedback from the community by email at FHSmascot@wcs.edu, with the deadline to submit feedback set for July 15.
“This is an opportunity for members of the Franklin High community to share thoughts with the committee as it meets,” Webb said in the release. “This is not a request for mascot suggestions, nor is it a community vote. It is simply a way for the Franklin High community to share any feedback they think should be considered when making this decision.”
Franklin High School’s mascot was originally the Pioneers, but was changed to the Rebels in 1936. According to WCS, there have been several appeals to change the mascot since then, with Franklin High Principal Shane Patall making the most recent appeal after two petitions from alumni received more than 2,500 signatures.
According to the release, the committee’s next meeting will draft a recommendation to Superintendent Jason Golden as to whether a mascot change is recommended and a potential timeline for its change.