On May 8, 2018, the Portland Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution directing the district to change the mascot and nickname of Franklin High School, decreeing that "Quakers" violates district policy because of its religious affiliation.
To find a new mascot and nickname for the school, the school and district formed a community engagement plan to choose a new school mascot. The process gets going on Thursday, Jan. 31 with the first meeting of the Franklin High School Mascot Identification Committee. The committee is made up of students, staff, the principal, parents and community members.
The plan calls for the committee to make a decision on the new mascot name in April and pass its recommendation on to Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero for his review. The superintendent will then forward the proposed name to the board in May. The final vote would be in June 2019.
Once the new name is identified, changes will be made to update items at the school which display the Quakers name. The district will have until June 30, 2020 to make those changes.
Quest for new Franklin High School identity produces 6 candidates
The committee charged with finding a new identity for Franklin High School has come up with a list of six possible mascot names for the school’s community to consider. The 19-member Franklin Mascot Identification Committee – which includes students, staff, alumni, family members and community members -- identified these possible names:
Franklin is undergoing a mascot name change because its current identity, Quakers, has been found to violate district policy that forbids names with a religious affiliation.
The committee is conducting a survey of Franklin stakeholders (below) to gauge their preference among the six options, with a write-in choice available. The committee will meet again in April and will send recommendations to Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero for his review. The final Board vote will be in June.
Once the new name is determined, changes will be made to update items at the school that display the Quakers name. The district will have until June 30, 2020 to make those changes.
The change was prompted by parents filing two complaints with the district over a three-year period. The Board passed a resolution at its May 14 meeting, directing the district to change Franklin’s mascot. The Board also passed a community engagement plan which has been in effect since January 2019, when the Mascot Identification Committee started a series of public meetings.
Mascot Identification Committee
The Franklin High School Mascot Identification Committee was formed by Principal Chris Frazier and PPS's Communications and Public Engagement staff. The committee is charged with engaging the Franklin community in generating ideas for the new identification and mascot for the school. Read the committee charter
Thursday, April 25: The Franklin Mascot Identification Committee will hold its final meeting, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Public is welcome.