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Top 10: Indian mosaic removed at Park

The Indian head mosaic at Park High School was removed June 10 after protests. File photo

Editor's note: This story is part of a series looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2018. Find the rest of the series here: Top Ten 2018.

After months of controversy, School District 833 removed the mosaic Indian mascot from the east part of the main hallway near the school gym. The artwork was installed at Park in 1965. It remained through 1994, even though Park changed the name of its sports teams from the Indians to the Wolfpack. The renaming was part of a national cultural reckoning over the the use of Native American imagery in commercial logos or mascots.

In February, members of the District 833 American Indian Parent Committee told the South Washington County School Board the mosaic was racist and should go. Petitions sprung up on social media in favor of keeping the mosaic, which supporters contended was part of the school's history and honors American indians. Some claimed there was an unwritten policy among students not to step on the mosaic.

It was removed June 10.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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