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Over 200 protesters for racial equity from around the region marched from the Woodcliff Lake borough hall to the Woodcliff Lake train station.

Police reform, mascot removal underscored at racial equity rally in Woodcliff Lake

June 27, 2020

On Saturday, protesters for racial equity from around the Pascack Valley region marched from Woodcliff Lake borough hall to the Woodcliff Lake train station.

Pascack Hills' athletic field, with

Board of Education votes to remove Cowboy and Indian mascots at Hills and Valley

June 22, 2020

The Board approved the removal of the nickname of Pascack Hills, the Cowboy, and the mascot of Pascack Valley, the Indian. They said they would assign new names at a later date in a "thoughtful and expeditious manner."

Students write the names of African Americans killed by police brutality in parking lot spaces on Hills' campus. The protest was planned by members of the Hills-Valley equity team.

In photos: Students and faculty write names of police brutality victims in Hills parking lot

June 8, 2020

Hills students and teachers wrote the names of African Americans killed by police in parking lot spaces on campus.

On Monday, students and faculty wrote the names of African Americans killed by police in Hills' parking lot. The protest against racial injustice was planned by the Hills-Valley equity team.

Hills community plans and partakes in Black Lives Matter protests

June 8, 2020

Since the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis two weeks ago, Black Lives Matter protests have erupted across the country –– including on Monday at Hills.

This year, both Hills and Valley joined forces to create an equity team within the district. After the killing of George Floyd, they believe tough conversations are even more vital.

‘It’s not just George Floyd’: Hills-Valley equity team plans protest

June 4, 2020

In an interview with the Trailblazer, members of the equity team outlined their response to George Floyd's killing and how they believe the district can educate students about racial equity.

Artwork by Jasmine Delgado, a junior at Hills and a member of the district's equity team.

How to help the Black Lives Matter movement

June 2, 2020

For students interested in fighting for racial justice, there are several good places to start.

The football scoreboard on Pascack Hills' field. The top of the board reads

The right moment to reconsider our mascots

February 24, 2020

The Cowboy goes against inclusivity not because that’s what the Hills student body goes against, but because the name itself is an inherent reference to male, horse-riding and gun-slinging Wild Westerners of decades past.