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Waterloo residents given four animal choices to replace Indians nickname

Waterloo residents have only a few days to choose a new nickname to replace “Indians” for Waterloo High School’s sports teams.

Related: Waterloo forms committee to discuss whether to change “Indians” nickname

What are the options for a new nickname?

After surveying district residents, a special committee came up with Bears, Tigers, Wolves, or Wolverines. The state has been pressuring schools to drop Native American nicknames and mascots. Several Finger Lakes schools still have Native American nicknames, including Canandaigua Braves, Red Jacket Indians, and the Watkins Glen Senecas.

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Related: Waterloo school officials close to ditching Indians nickname

The deadline to cast votes for the new nickname is this Sunday.

Here is the letter sent to district families by Superintendent Terri Bavis:


The Waterloo Mascot Committee met again on Wednesday, May 4th to discuss the first survey sent to the Waterloo Central School District students, families, and community. Below are listed the four mascot selections that fit the Mascot Search Committee criteria and received the most votes in the first survey, which was administered April 22-April 29, 2022.

Regardless of the mascot selected, Waterloo’s colors will remain orange and black.

To participate in the survey below, you must provide a verified email address and your name.

Voting will occur through May 15th at 4:00 p.m. Thank you very much for your participation! We are excited to see what our new Waterloo Mascot will be!

Please use the link to vote for Waterloo’s new mascot.

Terri Bavis