Sacred Heart Catholic School has announced the decision to replace the school mascot/nickname “Rebels.”
This decision was not made lightly and was not simply in reaction to current events, but rather was a long time coming. The school has taken into careful consideration the inherent meaning of the term, both historically and today, and how it reflects the Catholic identity and mission of the school.
Sacred Heart has not always been the rebels. Past mascots, dating back to the 1950s, included the Grinders (when the school had a football team – grinders was slang for “American Football”), the Saints, and the Panthers. In 1962, the school adopted the name Rebels and the mascot image of the “Johnny Rebel” confederate soldier. The mascot and name were alive for approximately 54-55 years, until the 2016-2017 school year, when the “Johnny Rebel” confederate soldier was officially retired due to the symbolism it represented.
Today we finalize this decision by consciously beginning the process of selecting a new mascot.
Our plan to change the mascot is one that will take time to implement. A task force will be appointed to work with our students to choose a new mascot and carry out the necessary steps to move forward. The new mascot will be finalized and in place for the 2021-2022 school year. Funding for the implementation has already been set aside, thanks to a recent estate gift the school received from alumnus John Lachowsky.
More information about this process will be shared on our website as we go forward – www.sacredheartmorrilton.org.