Clinton Community Schools is proud to announce the selection of our new mascot. Beginning in the 2021-22 school year we will be known as the Clinton Redwolves. This new moniker will replace our longstanding Redskins mascot, which will be respectfully retired at the end of the current school year (2020-21).
To come to this decision the district went through a lengthy process that involved community feedback, student input, and an internal faculty-based administrative committee. We have also sought input from our alumni for suggestions regarding the retirement of the Redskins mascot.
The process was conducted in four phases:
Phase I was an initial feedback survey available to all community members asking for potential mascot names. Each respondent was allowed to submit 3 names. There were 236 individual survey responses, with 194 unique mascots suggested.
Phase II was the Student Mascot Committee. This group was selected through a competitive application process, ultimately chosen by the Faculty Administrative Committee. Fifty one students applied and twenty were selected. The student committee was tasked to evaluate names based on five separate criteria. They were asked if the mascot was inclusive, non-controversial, pride-inspiring, unique, and trueto-community. The Student Mascot Committee then scored the names on a 5 point scale to narrow the list for the next phase.
Phase III was a vote tally survey conducted internally within Clinton Middle School and Clinton High School. Students were given 20 choices and asked to select their top three. There were 574 students who participated in this phase.
Phase IV was the final opportunity for community input, with the student identified top 6 names being put to the community in the final feedback survey. There were 1606 responses. To end this phase, the Student Mascot Committee met one final time and forwarded 2 names to the Faculty Administrative Committee for a final decision.
The next step was for the Faculty Administrative Committee to look at both choices and evaluate imagery, potential uses, inclusiveness, and overall fit to the internal culture of the district.
After considering the entire process, the decision was made to recommend to the Board of Education that “Clinton Redwolves” be the new mascot. Currently our staff are working closely with marketing and graphic artists to develop several logos and a brand book. We are greatly appreciative of the Native American Heritage fund and the Midwest Energy and Communications grants that will cover much of the cost of rebranding.
The Clinton Community Schools Board of Education formally adopted the new name at their May Board of Education meeting.
Dear Clinton Community Schools Families,
I am proud to announce that our student committee has narrowed the list of names submitted by the community in phase one of the mascot rebranding process.
The Clinton community suggested over 190 unique names. Using their criteria, the students reviewed and evaluated the names to narrow the list. They were able to identify six (6) outstanding names for you to consider.
In this round of input, the committee is asking that you choose only your favorite name. Once done, your selection will be used as a data point (along with an already completed internal school vote) to choose a mascot to recommend to the School Board.
This form will close Sunday, March 21, at midnight.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to take this poll: Community Name Survey
Community Suggestion Survey Information
Dear Fellow Students, Parents and Community Members,
Welcome to the community suggestion portion of the mascot selection process. The members of the student committee have met and set the criteria that will be used to narrow down the mascots during the selection process. In agreement with the rules set forth by the Board of Education, our committee will not consider any of the following:
1. Any mascots that reference ANY Native American themes or imagery.
2. Any mascots that represent weapons.
3. Any mascots that represent a specific person or group of people.
The committee will use the following INPUT criteria to rate the submissions:
T=True to community
We are very excited to move into this phase, and look forward to all the suggestions from the
community. A direct link to the survey can be found here: Community Suggestion Survey
This survey will close Monday, March 8 at Midnight. Thank you in advance for your input.
Members of the Clinton Community Schools Mascot Rebranding Committee