EUGENE, Ore -- The 4-J school district seeks feedback on South Eugene High School's athletic team name, The Axemen.
The axe is a longstanding part of South Eugene High School's history and tradition. The Axemen has been in use for some teams since the 1930s, a time when interscholastic sports teams were all male. Over the years, there has been a growing debate over the team name. Some think The Axemen is discriminatory towards girls and other students.
4J school officials are currently seeking public input in an online survey. Click here for a link to the survey. The survey will be open to responses through Jan. 31. School officials said this is not a vote, but an opportunity to provide feedback.
School officials will also hold a community forum at South Eugene High School on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
South Eugene High School's principal, Dr. Andy Dey, will consider all input and make a recommendation to the superintendent, Dr. Gustavo Balderas, in February.