Arab mascot at Coachella Valley High to be retired

Sep 1, 2014 by

Football may be back at Coachella Valley High School, but the mascot is gone.

The Coachella Valley Unified School District confirmed Friday that it has retired the school’s controversial “Arab” mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group last year. When the CV High football team takes the field against Rancho Mirage High for its season opener on Friday night, the mascot will be absent.

The Arab mascot costume was a cartoonish, headscarf-wearing man with a hooked nose, a thick beard and a devilish mustache. He often appeared with a bellydancing genie during halftime. The genie has been retired as well, according to the district.

The removal of these mascots is the first major change at CV High since the school came under fire last year. But the school district has promised that more changes are coming.

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