Luis A. Alejo

California law cuts 'Redskins' over school objections

Forty-one high schools since 1989 have changed their mascot's name from 'Redskins,' picking new monikers like Red Hawks, Reds and Legends. Calaveras High School, forced to change by the state of California, changed its name to nothing.

The San Andreas, California, school had been known as the Redskins for almost 70 years, but had to abandon the name after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Racial Mascots Act into law in October 2015.

A committee of students, staff, alumni and community members decided in May 2016 it would rather have no name than choose something other than Redskins.

"Overwhelmingly that was the choice, maintaining the tradition of our...