La Crosse Central is dropping its “Red Raiders” nickname, after decades of controversy.
The La Crosse School District announced Monday that both the name “Red Raiders” and the existing mascot on horseback are being retired, as part of the district’s goal to be “culturally sensitive and inclusive.”
The change would complete a transition started in the late 1980’s, when the school was persuaded to drop its Indian mascot, which was changed to a knight.
Critics also had wanted the “Red Raiders” name eliminated at that time, just months after UW-La Crosse replaced its “Indians” nickname with “Eagles,” but the mascot change was made as a compromise.
Central plans to recommend a new nickname to the La Crosse School Board early next year.