Before the vote, Walpole Athletic Director Ron Dowd acknowledged that inevitably some may be upset with the resolution but called for unity from the student body. WALPOLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT REPORT: Student Representative to the School Committee, Olivia DiPasca, reported on recent academic, athletic and extracurricular activity at Walpole High School. Several spoke of the “bubble” that existed while they were in Walpole, which was just 2.5% black by 2010 census statistics, and the reactions they encountered regarding the Rebel nickname when venturing outside of it — having their town called racist and being told there were those that felt unsafe attending or participating in sporting events at Walpole — causing them shame and forcing them to reassess their thinking. RECOGNITIONS: 1. By-Laws Walpole Site-Based Committee VISION The Walpole Site-Based Committee will encourage the staff, parents and community members to work collaboratively to design and implement challenging and relevant educational programs that allow all students and staff to learn and succeed in a mutually supportive environment. Walpole School District / About / School Committee / SC Meetings, Agendas and Minutes Please see below for the 2020-2021 School Committee Meeting Dates. A change.org petition to keep the Rebels name reached 3,500 signatures on Thursday night. Like many matters of racial tension, it has come to a boil in recent weeks. The official home of British luxury for over 25 years, Walpole represents 270 of the UK's finest brands and a sector worth £48 billion to the economy. Walpole's Rebel Mascot became firmly rooted with its much heralded football coach, John Lee (photo above, from WHS 1969 yearbook), who, before he came to Walpole to coach its football team, was an assistant coach at Overton High School, Memphis Tennessee, a racist/segregated high school whose mascot was "The Rebels". It’s been a controversial topic for decades. Others said that the name and what it represents has been distorted, citing that rebels birthed this country in the American Revolution, and that a change would be an overreaction. A similar petition started two years ago by Michael Amaral, Walpole High Class of 1971 and a Walpole Historical Commission member, has topped 9,000, while Samantha Rafferty read excerpts from a letter signed by 60 fellow faculty members in favor of getting rid of the name. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. “A mascot is something that should bring people together, not tear them apart,” said Walpole Superintendent of Schools Bridget Gough. The school committee voted unanimously Thursday night to remove the nickname, citing its connection to the Confederacy. I’m from Walpole and I’m so glad they finally got rid of the name. 227 likes. During a series of testimonials that were limited to three minutes, 56 people spoke, with 48 of them advocating for a change, words that were clearly taken to heart and frequently echoed by committee members in explaining their votes on Thursday. The speakers featured current and former Walpole High students, parents, teachers and staff, as well as concerned residents. Attention Walpole Democrats: with 4 weeks to go, it's time to make a plan to vote! ... SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS As of JUNE 2020. 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