Lenox school votesto keep contentious Millionaires mascot name

Associated Press
Thursday, March 01, 2018

LENOX — Students at a Massachusetts school want to remain millionaires.

The Lenox Memorial Middle and High School student council on Wednesday announced that a school wide poll found a majority of students want to keep the sometimes contentious Millionaires mascot.

About 96 percent of the school’s 438 students voted last month. Fifty-one percent voted to keep the nickname, 32 percent wanted to change it, and 17 percent had no opinion.

Students last spring voted to change it because it is divisive, leads to taunts from opposing schools, and doesn’t accurately reflect the picturesque town’s economics.

Superintendent Timothy Lee tells The Berkshire Eagle the latest vote “puts the issue to rest.”

The nickname is a tribute to wealthy out-of-towners, called “cottagers,” who build mansions in Lenox during the Gilded Age and employed the locals.

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