When the Natick High School team name changed to Natick Red and Blue in 2009, it was met with much controversy from residents wanting to keep the traditional "Natick Redmen" name. Since then, some students, staff and other members of the community have been hoping to drop the "Red and Blue" for yet another name—a wish that may soon be granted.
On Friday, NHS principal Rose Bertucci announced she will be taking suggestions for a new team name to coincide with the opening of the new high school in September.
"The school colors will remain red and blue and the 'N' with the split colors will remain as part of the logo," said Bertucci in a note to families. "With the new school scheduled to open this coming September the time is right to open the process."
Once new suggestions are submitted, a professional designer will create the new logos and the NHS community will vote on its favorite.
Bertucci said that the name will not return to the Redmen.
"I recognize the name 'Redmen' holds a significant place in the history of NHS. It will not, however, be among the options considered," she said. "I appreciate that for some people the previous name represented a longstanding team loyalty and pride for their school. I also understand that even if you love a name for perfectly good reasons, when it does become a meaning that offends a portion of society then there is the need for change."
Students and staff are asked to submit name suggestions along with a reason why they believe their suggestions should be chosen. Other members of the community may submit suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org to be shared with students and staff. All ideas should be submitted in writing by March 30.
"I look forward to making the most of this process, and bringing current students, alumni, and the entire town together under a new name," said Bertucci.
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