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Bakersfield South High Alum Asks 'Why Not Think Of A Mascot That Looks To The Future?'


Bakersfield’s South High School has had a Confederate rebel for its mascot since 1957. Principal Connie Grumling told KVPR she’s now forming a committee of students, staff and alumni to consider replacing it. The rebel’s look has changed slightly since the 1980s. That's when school spirit wassteepedin Confederate imagery - including Jody and Johnny Rebel yell leaders - and we wondered what that was like for Black students. For this audio postcard, FM89’s News Director Alice Daniel reached out to Marcus Hicks who graduated in 1986 and is now a fashion designer in New York. 


Alice Daniel was News Director for KVPR from 2019-2022. Daniel has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and more than 25 years of experience as a print and radio journalist.
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