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Taconic High chooses Thunder as new nickname

A crowd of young people mill in front of an entrance with "TACONIC" spelled out in metal over it
Pittsfield Public Schools

Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has selected Thunder as its new nickname and will retire the Braves nickname and logo.

Pittsfield Public Schools says the Thunder logo will be unveiled this spring, following proposals being developed by multiple sources - including the Taconic student body. The school says its green and gold colors will remain.

In 2020, the Pittsfield School Committee moved to retire the Braves moniker and mascot in an effort to change the nickname to one that does not reference Native American culture.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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