California high school officially changes its school mascot to "the Mighty Arabs"...

(The Desert Sun) -- Coachella Valley High School officially changed its school mascot to "the Mighty Arabs," Tuesday, after the school board unanimously adopted a new logo that has been approved by an anti-discrimination group.

The new mascot and the name change was unveiled during Tuesday night's Coachella Valley Unified school board meeting in Thermal. It was approved during closed session.

Because the vote was held in closed session, all discussion occurred behind closed doors. The mascot vote was not on the meeting agenda, so despite it being a hotly debated topic, Tuesday night's meeting was sparsely attended.

Superintendent Darryl Adams said the district will hold a news conference Sept. 19 to further discuss the switch to the new mascot.

"Dealing with the mascot issue has gone worldwide. I'm glad to see that coming to an end," Adams said Tuesday night. He also thanked parents, students and school staff for being patient while the district addressed this controversial issue.

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