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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.

The Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education, which held a meeting Thursday on Zoom focusing on the removal of the Cowboy and Indian mascots at Hills and Valley.

Amid vocal praise and criticism, Board says Cowboy and Indian mascot removal is final

June 25, 2020

At their meeting on June 25, the majority of the Board of Education stood by their decision to remove the Cowboy nickname at Hills and the Indian mascot at Valley despite backlash from students, parents, and alumni.

Pascack Hills students attend a protest in the school’s parking lot to speak out against changing the Cowboy mascot.

Protests, petitions, and public outcry after Cowboy mascot removed

June 25, 2020

The Board's vote was unanimous, but some students have voiced their opposing opinions on social media –– and through protesting.

Roughly one third of responses so far were among rising juniors, while nearly one fifth were among rising seniors. Roughly 13% of those who responded were rising sophomores; around 5% were among this year’s graduating class. The remaining responses were alumni, community members, or anonymous.

Community responds to Trailblazer form on Cowboy removal

June 24, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, the Trailblazer published a Google form inviting community members to share their thoughts on the Board's decision to remove the Cowboy nickname at Hills and the Indian mascot at Valley.

Protests against the removal of the Cowboy as Pascack Hills' mascot.

Media: Community members protest against removal of Cowboy as Hills’ mascot

June 23, 2020

Meeting in Hills' parking lot, participants held signs calling for defunding the Board of Education and unfurled a banner in support of President Trump patched to say "Make Hills great again."

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."