Sanford High School athletes will from now on be known as the Spartans. Sanford students in grades seven through 12 on Thursday chose Spartans as their new school mascot.
The helmeted mascot, an homage to the ancient Greek warriors, is the new choice after the Sanford School Committee voted to remove the previous mascot, the Redskins.
School Superintendent David Theoharides said in a statement that the new mascot comes as the district begins work on a new high school, and “the new mascot becomes part of this new era for Sanford as we move towards a new vision for our school and community.”
Students at the high school, junior high, and even eighth graders at the Acton Elementary School participated in the vote on June 7 to choose one of four possible new mascots to replace the name “Redskins.” According to Theoharides, the name, officially the “Sanford Spartans,” received 587 votes, the most of the 1,325 votes cast. Spartans beat out the other choices, “Pride,” “Stampede” and “Cardinals”, garnering 44 percent of the votes.