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Mascot Change Evokes Mixed Emotions for Sammamish Staff, Students and Alumni

Sammamish High School administration embraced the April 26, 2021 state law, HB 1356, “prohibiting the inappropriate use of Native American names, symbols, or images as school mascots” and moved quickly to include the students and community in the deciding on a new mascot. Student leaders along with the student body overcame mixed emotions about the change, and the student body voted for the “Red Hawks” to start this school year after 62 years as the “Totems.” Read More

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.