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Ohio district considering changing long-standing 'Amazons' nickname for girls' sports teams

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:22 PM EST

An Ohio school district is considering changing an unconventional nickname that has stuck for more than 40 years.

Since at least 1970, girls' sports teams at Madeira High School in Cincinnati have been called Amazons.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it all started when boys at the school tried to insult female athletes in the 1960s by nicknaming them after the tribe of warrior women lionized in Greek mythology.

Superintendent Steve Kramer says the district has been considering changing the names for some time, calling it "brand refinement."

The district is holding a meeting on Tuesday to discuss changing the name.

The most vehement opponents of the change are Madeira alumnae from the 1970s.

Kramer says supporters of changing the name are mostly current students and their parents.

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,


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