SAUGATUCK, Mich. — The Saugatuck Public Schools Board of Education passed a motion at their meeting Monday to accept the recommendation of the SPS Mascot Development Committee, changing the school mascot from Indians to Trailblazers.
The unanimous approval comes following a seven-month process that included community and student surveys, input from an advisory group, board workshops, and conceptual art provided by SHS art students.
“This is a very positive day for the district”, noted superintendent Dr. Tim Travis on the change. “ I applaud the board for embarking on this journey that ultimately fosters a school culture conducive to learning that values racial equity, diversity and the inclusion of all students. Trailblazers captures the district goal of students finding their unique educational path as well as leading the way to a better future for others.”
Over ninety unique nominations submitted by students, parents, community members and alumni were vetted against the position statement created by the committee.
The district will now work to develop images, messaging and brand standards that "capture the Trailblazer spirit" for the schools.
The district will retain the iconic royal blue & orange school colors.