By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (January 12, 2021) – A group of TF South student leaders tasked with determining a new nickname for the school has invited the TF South community to share suggestions for a new name.
The invitation was sent to the school community in an email on Tuesday, January 12, and comes after students voted last summer to shrug off the “Rebels” nickname in favor a new, less racially-provocative name. The student vote was confirmed by the District 215 School Board, which voted unanimously to dissolve the “Rebels” name.
A process for choosing a new nickname was suggested by TF South Principal Jacob Gourley to the District 215 Board on September 9, 2020. The process is student-driven with faculty and staff assistance.
The full email is included below:
Hello, TFS Community.
As you may be aware, the District 215 Board of Education retired the “Rebels” nickname in August, 2020. Since that time, a group of student leaders has been meeting regularly to discuss/propose a new nickname and/or mascot. If you would like to share a suggestion with the group, please send an email to TFS.Feedback@tfd215.org. It would be helpful to include a brief rationale as to why you think the name would be a good fit for the school. Thanks for your input!
Captains’ Club and Activity Exec Board Members, Mr. Gourley, Mrs. Streit, Mr. Brewe, and Mr. Gillespie
TF South High School is located at 18500 Burnham Avenue in Lansing.
Renaming ‘Rebels’ – process begins at TF South (October 21, 2020)
- District 215 Board votes to dissolve TF South “Rebels” Nickname (August 26, 2020)
- Results shared from TF South student survey on “Rebels” nickname (August 24, 2020)