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Redmen redux? School board member wants Cedar High's historic mascot reinstated

Marquee sign on Cedar High School campus shows its "Redmen" mascot in Cedar City on Jan. 15, 2019.

Marquee sign on Cedar High School campus shows its "Redmen" mascot in Cedar City on Jan. 15, 2019. (Jeff Richards, St. George News, Cedar City News)

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CEDAR CITY — Are Cedar High School and the surrounding community ready to revisit the Redmen mascot issue?

Iron County School District Board of Education member Jeff Corry, who taught at Cedar High for 33 years, is planning to bring the contentious issue to another vote.

The school board heard arguments from both sides during its regular monthly work session Tuesday night. Although public comments weren't permitted, the two groups of presenters talked at length about the school's mascot.

As previously reported in Cedar City News, the board voted 3-2 to retire Redmen as Cedar High's school nickname in 2019. Shortly thereafter, following a vote by the student body, the school adopted Reds as its new moniker, with a wolf mascot embodying it.

Three of the five school board members were different at that time, with current board members Corry, Dave Staheli and Ben Johnson all being elected since then.

According to Corry, the change should have never happened.

Addressing the other board members during Tuesday's meeting, Corry noted that the name "Redmen" had first been applied by a local newspaper's sports editor in the fall of 1941, the same year the school's football team won the state championship.

Read the full article at St. George News.


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