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Anderson High School Becomes The 'Raptors'

Anderson High School's new mascot is the 'Raptors,' following the retirement of a controversial race-based mascot last July.

The 'Raptors' beat out more than 230 other suggestions. The mascot was chosen via a three-round survey process that included key stakeholders such as students, staff and the community at large. The four finalists were: Comets, Raptors, Ravens, and Riverhawks.

"Since we began, we have been overwhelmed by the level of community and parent support for our transition efforts," AHS Principal Rob Fellows said in a release. "We are excited to continue the rich tradition of excellence in the areas of academics, the arts and athletics at Anderson High School for years to come."

Nearly $300,000 has been raised for rebranding efforts, with a goal to raise $375,000 through private donations as stipulated by the Forest Hills Board of Education.

In a release, the school says it will create an interactive kiosk to honor the previous mascot's history as it's being phased out.

You can watch a video of the mascot's reveal below:

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Cory Sharber
Cory Sharber attended Murray State University majoring in journalism and political science and comes to Cincinnati Public Radio from NPR Member station WKMS.