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FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Public School Board released a statement following Tuesday night’s (June 22) committee decision to unanimously pass a motion to no longer use the “Dixie” fight song and Rebel mascot at Southside High School.

The decision is not final, but will be voted on at the next Board meeting.

The statement reads:

“Giving great consideration to the continuing impact of perceived symbols of racism on the community , state and nation, the Fort Smith Public School Board convened as a Committee of the Whole tonight and passed a motion to discontinue the use of “Dixie” as the Southside High School fight song in the 2015-2016 school year, and to phase out the use of the Rebel as the Southside mascot in the 2016-2017 school year.

“This motion passed with a 6-0 vote and will be presented to the Board during the regularly scheduled meeting on July 27, 2015. The Rebel and “Dixie” have been used as the Southside High School mascot and fight song since the school opened more than 50 years ago. The Board understands the challenges of changing what has come to be the tradition of the Southside High School community, and will work with the student body and staff over the next year to name a new mascot and fight song for the school.”

The Board will vote on a final decision at it’s meeting on July 27.


  • omiacha

    Vote everyone of those worthless cowards off the board if they do this. They are supposed to represent the community and I can assure you this is not what the community wants. If you think it is then let the people vote it will be voted down in a landslide. We can not stand for this festering sore in America known as ‘political correctness’ any longer!

  • Hoggy Boucher

    Board of Education
    Dr. Deanie Mehl, President
    At Large, 2017

    Rusty Owen, Vice President
    Zone I, 2015

    Wyman R. Wade, Jr., Esq., Secretary
    At Large, 2015

    Jeannie Cole,
    Zone III, 2017

    Yvonne Keaton-Martin
    Zone IV, 2015

    Susan McFerran
    Zone II, 2016

    Dr. David Hunton
    At Large, 2016
    Vote these Board Members OUT!!

  • Davorin Renwick

    Thank you, school board, i can finally say that in 2015 we have finally peaked over the edge into the new generation and realized that change is necessary. The arguments of “tradition” and “It is not racist” just prove how deep seated and ignorant the south truly is to the changes the rest of the world accepted decades ago. No more should students feel pride in chanting to the songs that millions died to, just to try and keep others in slavery. Finally, I can actually take pride in where i graduated from and no longer, in shame, will i have to explain my High School mascot and how much i disagreed with it.

  • Paul Porter

    The Board of Education gets a grade of F- for the way they handled this! Rather HEAVY-HANDED and UN-AMERICAN!!! Oh, it’s somewhat COWARDLY as well!!! You asked for no input and you didn’t let anyone know this was on the agenda! Not even Mr. Haver!!!

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