"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
For the better part of the past 100 years, Sequim High and Port Townsend High have squared off on the football field, basketball court and baseball diamond. In recent years, they added rivalries on the soccer pitch, swimming pool, softball field, volleyball court and other venues to the mix.
For years, it's been Wolves versus Redskins.
In the fall of 2013, that will no longer be the case.
The Port Townsend School District board of directors voted to retire the name with "dignity and honor" within the next year, the Peninsula Daily News and The Leader (Port Townsend) reported earlier this July.
"I fail to see how a symbol, even a revered symbol, that is generally acknowledged to be divisive can be helpful in preparing students for success in the increasingly connected and collaborative 21st century," school board member Ann Burkhart said.
About 250 people flocked to the board meeting on June 24, most of them opposing the change. The board's unanimous vote to change the name didn't sit well with the crowd, many of whom are former and current students at PTHS.
Among those supporting the change is Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe leader Ron Allen.
No team name replacement process was discussed at the meeting, though Port Townsend schools superintendent David Engle said the community and schools would be involved in picking the new name.
Frankly I'm going to miss the mascot — and I'm not. I understand the loyalty toward the name and I appreciate the idea that we can turn something once used as a racial epithet to honor members of our culture.
But it's an old, tired argument. Those who played honorably for previous Redskins teams would be no less honorable if they played for the Lions or Tigers or Bears, the Hawks or the Eagles or the Warriors.
Just not the Wolves. We've got that covered over here, thanks.