AP Coachella Valley Arabs ... UPDATE: This article has been updated to remove the Robstown High School mascot, the Cottonpickers. While the school has had the same mascot for more than 80 years, it is now being focused on as Muslims gain wider acceptance in American society. Art Montoya, class of '56, said in an email, "I have heard very few comments on our mascot name. Coachella Valley High School's mascot, which appears as a sneering man with a scraggly beard, hooked nose and a headscarf, has been retired, the … Coachella Valley High School’s controversial Arab mascot has been replaced by a less sinister-looking character, but the school’s Arab nickname remains and the old guy’s hostile visage can still be observed all over campus. Coachella Valley High School in Riverside County is catching heat for using an "Arab" for its mascot and is fielding complaints that the school should change the mascot due to its offensive nature. Football may be back at Coachella Valley High School, but the mascot is gone. www.scpr.org/.../coachella-valley-hs-new-mighty-arabs-mascot Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. Currently Celebrating 111 years. Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | September 11, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of the Coachella Valley Unified School District and Superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams announced a 5-0 vote to accept a new iteration of the Coachella Valley High School mascot and logo, as well as an additional word added to the team name. A California high school has ditched a controversial mascot that critics have denounced as offensive. Coachella Valley High School has retired the "Arab," a bearded mascot used at school football games that wears a headscarf and sports an oversized hooked nose, as well as a belly-dancing genie, according to the Desert Sun. A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group last year. He often appeared with a bellydancing genie during halftime. Coachella Valley High has used an Arab mascot since the 1920s, when the school unveiled a drawing of a lance-wielding horseman with a striped headscarf. The latest developments in the debate over Coachella Valley High School’s mascot, the Arab, will be announced Tuesday at a news conference with the district and a civil-rights group. Coachella Valley High School's mascot, which appears as a sneering man with a scraggly beard, hooked nose and a headscarf, has been retired, the Desert Sun reported. Coachella Valley High School has long used the “Arab” mascot with traditional Arab head covering, but recently changed its website to reflect an updated mascot. The letter prompted a story by Al Jazeera America, the U.S. branch of the leading Arab news network, and quickly spread to USA Today and other national news organizations, sparking a slew of online criticism against the school. Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. Ramirez also cited the Middle East influence in community names such as Mecca, Oasis and Arabia. First, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent its letter objecting to the mascot. A physical education uniform available for $15 through Coachella Valley High School's web store shows "The Arab" mascot, which has become the center of … The sports teams at California's Coachella Valley High School are known as "the Arabs." The school took the position that the name was a "gift" to the Arab peoples for their contribution to the economy of the … Coachella Valley High has used an Arab mascot since the 1920s, when the school unveiled a drawing of a lance-wielding horseman with a striped headscarf. A California school district will work with a civil rights group and a committee to change the appearance of the controversial “Arab” mascot at Coachella Valley High School, school administrators said Tuesday. The costumed mascot has been retired from the field. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot during football games was also retired, according to the report. The Arab mascot costume was a cartoonish, headscarf-wearing man with a hooked nose, a thick beard and a devilish mustache. The group favored a new design: A stoic, strong-jawed man with a neatly trimmed beard, a white headscarf and his face half-covered in shadow. Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. in 2005. Until 2014, the mascot was a snarling, hook-nosed caricature of an Arab man wearing a … This logo was used for decades before anyone objected. All rights reserved. Coachella Valley High School in Riverside County has retired its controversial Arab mascot following opposition from anti-discrimination groups. Coachella Valley High School is a public high school for grades 9-12. (Photo courtesy CVUSD) THERMAL, Calif. (KABC) -- Coachella Valley High School in Riverside County has retired its controversial Arab mascot. (Marilyn Chung/AP) The anti-discrimination group has also approved one of the new designs for a school logo — a major milestone for choosing the new face of CV High. For decades, Coachella Valley High's mascot has been the Arab, a menacing-looking man with a hooked nose and a head wrap. Coachella Valley High has used an Arab mascot since the 1920s, when the school unveiled a drawing of a lance-wielding horseman with a striped headscarf. Coachella Valley High School has retired the "Arab," a bearded mascot used at school football games that wears a headscarf and sports an oversized hooked nose, as … On Thursday, Abed Ayoub, of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, will discuss the mascot with Superintendent Darryl Adams of the Coachella Valley Unified School District. The sports teams at California's Coachella Valley High School are known as "the Arabs." Hinkle doesn't see it that way. Arab mascot controversy. As a compromise, Coachella Valley Unified announced plans to keep the "Arab" name, but redesign the "Arab" face. When the CV High football team takes the field against Rancho Mirage High for its season opener on Friday night, the mascot will be absent. Ayoub wrote a letter to the district on Nov. 1 saying that cartoons, mugs and T-shirts of the mascot around the campus were examples of stereotyping, and should not be tolerated. California High School Under Fire Over 'Arab' Mascot . Football may be back at Coachella Valley High School, but the mascot is gone. It's kind of amazing that it took this long, but as of last week, the beloved School pep teams even lead belly dances during halftime shows. A California school district will work with a civil rights group and a committee to change the appearance of the controversial “Arab” mascot at Coachella Valley High School, school administrators said Tuesday. Hinkle is not alone. Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. in 2005. On Thursday, Abed Ayoub, a representative of the anti-discrimination committee, said the retirement of the mascot was a good first step. Although the Arab mascot is gone from the sidelines, his face is still everywhere at Coachella Valley High. A Southern California high school sports team called the "Arabs" is not scoring any points for its name. In the '50s, the school traded the horseman for two new drawings: a standing figure with a scimitar and the angry face of an older man wearing a fez. The Coachella Valley Unified School District confirmed Friday that it has retired the school… For decades, Coachella Valley High's mascot has been the Arab, a menacing-looking man with a hooked nose and a head wrap. In the '80s, the angry face swapped the fez for a headscarf, becoming the school logo that exists today.