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.
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, Feb. 21: The second meeting of the Franklin Mascot Identification Committee will be held at Franklin High School from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.