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Hanover High reveals its new mascot, the ‘Hawks’

A screengrab from Hanover's reveal video, which showcased some three dozen possible replacement names before declaring "Hawks" as the choice.Screengrab via YouTube (Custom credit)

Hanover High School has selected “Hawks” as its new mascot, replacing the school’s previous “Indians” nickname that depicted Native American imagery.

The school announced the decision Friday in a video release after receiving 400 mascot submissions, 85 mascot logo suggestions, and over 2,000 online votes. Hanover High principal Matthew Paquette said the mascot selection committee worked through the 400 mascot suggestions and narrowed the decision down to three finalists — the Hawks, Huskies, and United.

An online voting poll for the final three candidates closed on Wednesday.

Hanover is one of several Massachusetts high schools to drop its Native American-themed imagery, or mascot. North Quincy (Red Raiders) and Braintree (Wamps) have dropped their imagery, and are deciding the fate of their mascot name. Barnstable (Red Raiders), Walpole (Rebels), and Winchester (Sachems) have recently retired their mascots.