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Special Meeting Will Discuss High School’s Controversial Arab Mascot

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Coachella Valley High School has long used the "Arab" mascot with traditional Arab head covering, but recently changed its website to reflect an updated mascot. (Photo courtesy CVUSD)

Coachella Valley High School has long used the “Arab” mascot with traditional Arab head covering, but recently changed its website to reflect an updated mascot. (Photo courtesy CVUSD)

THERMAL (AP) — A special meeting will be held to discuss the growing controversy over a Southern California high school’s longstanding Arab mascot.

The Desert Sun reports Tuesday  that the Coachella Valley Unified School Board had planned to address the issue at a regular Nov. 21 meeting, but decided to hold a special meeting Friday to allow more time for discussion.

Coachella Valley High School’s mascot has been around since the 1920s. It was chosen to recognize the area’s reliance on date farming, traditionally a Middle Eastern crop. The mascot has evolved from a turban-wearing horseman carrying a lance to a standing figure with a snarl on its face and sporting a headscarf.

Recently, an anti-discrimination group demanded that the school get rid of the mascot.

Superintendent Darryl Adams said the mascot was never intended to ridicule anyone.

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