Canyons District rejects Cougar mascot, says it’s offensive to women

Posted at 6:33 AM, Jan 18, 2012

Amid some controversy, Draper’s new high school has a mascot and school colors.

Future students within Corner Canyon High School’s boundaries were mailed ballots and selected navy, silver and white for their school colors. The Charger was selected as the mascot.

With 23 percent of the votes, future students had selected the Cougar as the school’s mascot, but Canyons School District said that board members expressed concern over the use of Cougar because it’s used as a derogatory term for some women.

They also said that the Cougar is also a mascot for three other Utah schools, plus Brigham Young University, whose school colors are also blue and white. Corner Canyon High School is the first in Utah to use the Charger as its mascot.

The new school is scheduled to open in 2013.

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