Delaware school drops Redskins nickname

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A Delaware school has joined other institutions that will stop using the nickname "Redskins" and Native American imagery.

The Conrad Schools of Science in Wilmington's suburbs is a science magnet program for grades 6 through 12.

The Red Clay school board 4-2 voted Wednesday to accept a mascot committee's recommendation to retire the school's nickname. Committee members included school district alumni, teachers, community members and representatives of two Native American tribes.

Supporters of the nickname argued that the Redskins name honors Native American heritage and the school's tradition. However, the name has been seen as culturally insensitive by critics.

No new nickname was chosen for the school.

There has been an effort in recent years to get schools to rename teams with names such as Redskins and Indians.