A Horse With No Name: KY High School Scraps ‘Stallions’ Mascot After Public Uproar

by | 01.05.2017 | 3:38pm
Logo design for the new Frederick Douglass High School's mascot

A new high school in Lexington, Ky., will have to come up with a new name for its mascot and athletic teams after public outcry resulted in officials scrapping the name originally proposed.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that officials from Frederick Douglass High School, which is currently under construction and set to open in the fall, had planned calling the teams the ‘Stallions'. School officials revealed the name earlier this week during a news conference where they also introduced the new head football coach. The school colors and new football uniforms were also unveiled at that time. The name was intended to pay homage to the area where the school is located, which was formerly part of the historic Hamburg Place farm founded by John E. Madden.

Not everyone was too thrilled with the name choice, however. Lexington resident Diane Cahill created an online petition at Change.org, asking that ‘Stallions' be dropped as the mascot name, in part because it was “inappropriate and sexist” for any of the female athletic teams to be called that.

The next day, school officials changed course, and said that while they would keep the school colors and the horse theme, they would let students decide the mascot name.

“Moving forward, we will keep the Keeneland green and orange colors and horse image in the school logo to pay homage to Lexington's rich history in the horse industry, but we will allow the incoming students of Frederick Douglass High School to choose their mascot,” officials said in a press release.

“We've already received suggestions of Thoroughbreds or Racers as possible alternatives to Stallions and we will solicit additional ideas from our students before they choose a horse-themed mascot grounded in the land's equestrian heritage.”

Read more in the Lexington Herald-Leader

  • SPA

    As a person of Irish Heritage I demand Notre Dame cease and desist calling themselves the Fighting Irish….the name implies we all go out drinking and start bar fights….LOL

    People need to grow up, not every decision are you going to agree with and when something doesn’t go your way don’t run looking for a hot cup of cocoa or therapy putty…….

    I love it that they are using the Kenneland colors and paying homage to the horse farm. For what it’s worth my daughter plays for the Colts, that’s the nickname of our high school.

    • David

      Got ‘ya but kind of an accident that would happen don’t ‘ya think?

      • SPA

        No, the Kinnelon Colts. My son will be playing there in two years.

    • Judy Gaddis

      Don’t forget about the coloring books and the therapy pets…………….LOL!

  • Quilla

    Hard Boots!

    Oh…wait…somebody might complain about that one, too.

  • Peter Scarnati

    Oh please! I would say that now I have heard it all, but sadly, I know I haven’t…

  • Bryan Langlois

    Well…if they all of a sudden decide on the name “Zenyattas” then believe me I will be writing in my protest letter :)

  • Richard C

    There is something about the name having a short run on the turf. The Baltimore Stallions were on the Canadian Football League’s gridiron for two seasons – 1994 and 1995 – and are the only USA-based franchise to capture the Grey Cup. The team moved to Montreal soon after the Cleveland Browns announced their relocation to Baltimore. The new high school name should somehow salute the sporting brilliance of John E. Madden.

    • Gls

      How about “breeder”!!!!! Mom and Dad would like that.

  • john

    The world has gone NUTS !!

    • Mr J

      Yes it has John

    • marylandmike

      PC’s say you can’t say nuts

      • Judy Gaddis

        Well I say the PC’s are NUTS! LMAO!

    • Susanne Conway


  • john

    Clearly, the administrators are all geldings at this school !

    • Chumsmo

      That should be the name.

      • eshever

        Or the Ridglings. They are certainly lacking something.

        • john


    • Judith Donlan

      Or at least cryptorchids….

      • Mindy

        is it a public school? they won’t be able to spell that

        • Judy Gaddis

          Unless they can use the abbreviated “text” version of it…………..

  • GB


  • Judoon

    I support this move. But then, I oppose sexism.

    • Nayrod

      I That’s call hypocrisy!

    • #stallionlivesmatter

  • Jbumi

    Change the logo to a black horse & call them the Ruffians.

    • Judith Donlan

      No,no…not a “black” horse. Not PC!

      • Deb Curtis Olivas


      • Judy Gaddis

        You’re quick! LOL!

  • Tres Abagados Stupidos

    Need to call them the “Snowflakes” as that is what they are acting like.

  • Nayrod

    How F K ridiculous, yet many voted for Ftrump!

    • Trumpet

      No one, I mean no one, who threw a fit over this name voted for Trump. Not a single one. Look up Social Justice Warrior in your dictionary.

  • WT

    I’m so fed up with some people getting their feelings hurt over gender issues. Get over it already!

  • PointGivenTCL

    I guess I see the point that it would be weird for the girls’ teams to call themselves the Stallions. But is it any weirder than calling them the Spartans, or Trojans, or Bearcats, Penguins, Gators, or whatever of the 1,000 ridiculous mascot names that are not humans or are somehow gendered (for the other side of the coin, see the Philadelphia “Fillies” ;-))? Let alone that it’s somehow still deemed “acceptable” for major sports teams to call themselves things like “Redskins” that are *actually* inappropriate and racist. I would have chosen a different hill to die on. But maybe the students will decide they want to be the Stallions after all!

    • Now days it’s hard to tell the stallions from the Mares as far as the humans go. Sorry just couldn’t help it ;-)

    • Rachel

      There are basketball, rugby teams all over and even a DJ, that call themselves “Lady Stallions”…can’t take these snowflakes…

  • whirlaway

    Ok i am an adult woman (the important word is adult) this type of craziness makes self assured independent woman look bad. Give me strength no wonder after years with the public I think most humans are going backwards.

  • Flying J

    Speaking as a mare, ;-) I’m not certain what to make of this. My High school mascot was The Cobras, no issue there, other than awful name. Stallions does tend to ignore the girls sports players, but having said that, as a 16 year old I probably could have cared less.

    • OopsyDaisy3

      And ready for a laugh, my high school mascot (s) is still Mules. Yep, The Mules of Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio, TX. Linda in Texas

      • LongTimeEconomist

        Is that near Muleshoe, TX?

        • OopsyDaisy3

          Funny one LongTimeEconomist. No it is not near Muleshoe, but a burb of San Antonio, TX down south of Austin. Going to look up their mascot now, since you asked.

  • Casey Higgins

    I would like to think that any of the young women involved in a sports team would have the intelligence to know and understand where the name was to have came from. How dare we pay honor to an industry that indirectly supports the Lexington school system in the way of taxes. What horror and shame. If this was the only issue that female high school athletes had to ” worry about”.

  • DanM

    An acceptable unisex equine themed name can probably be found at “List_of_fictional_horses” on wikipedia. I was unable to post the link.

    My favorite is “The Houyhnhnms” (how is that pronounced ?), a race of intelligent and cultured horses in Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. I wonder if Swift made any mention of their strength and athletic abilities ?

    • Marilyn Shively

      perhaps the hermaphrodites would please them! ( sarcasm here)

    • eshever

      After spending time with the Houyhnhnms, Gulliver could no longer stand himself or other humans, so that’s probably a good choice for this team.

    • Noelle

      “Whin” (as in whinny) -ims (with a short “i”). Whin-ims – with equal emphasis on both syllables. At least that’s how my Swift scholar college professor pronounced it.

  • Larry Sterne

    My guess. No females on the naming committee if there was a committee. Hope t h e school learns their lesson well for future projects.

  • Marilyn Shively

    some people need to get a life and a grip-

  • Anne

    Simple….Thoroughbreds with the male teams being “Colts” and the female teams being “Fillies”….

    • artistinwax

      This is most logical and doable!

  • ctgreyhound

    All it took was one Kook to complain & the powers that be backed down? Where’s the school officials’ backbone? Cahill would probably sue & the school district can’t have that.

  • Nick Palermino

    Just call the girl teams at the school “fillys” and be done with it. #MAGA

  • K. Heasley

    No one in Jessamine County, to my knowledge, has ever had a problem being called the Colts! The state championship girls soccer team for 2016 is the West Jessamine Colts. No one was upset about that. Geez!

  • Michael Castellano

    Before you completely reject “political correctness”, suppose they had come up with something like “The Brood Mares”. The men would go nuts over the name. Well “The Stallions” is its counterpart. My personal choice would be names like “The Favorites”, or “The Chalk”. Something that is gender neutral if it has to apply to both men and women or boys and girls but have a racing theme.

    • artistinwax

      Would “Blood Horse” be sharable from the magazine people? Or Yearlings? They are children under 18, right? Yearlings might be appropriate.

  • Judy Gaddis

    TOTALLY agree……………I mean ENOUGH already! It’s gotten to the point where you cannot even TALK anymore about ANYTHING without offending SOMEONE! Sheesh!

    • Michael Castellano

      Yeah, we can’t grope women anymore, or call Mexicans rapists. What’s the world coming to?

      • artistinwax

        Good one Michael! Hee hee!

      • Lisa Lupo

        When did Bill Clinton stop groping women?

        • Michael Castellano

          So that makes Trumps remarks permissible? Clinton, despite his image, did much harm to the country as president. So will Trump. who is bought and sold by the oil companies, and which is why he wants better relations with a character like Putin. He wants access to Russian oil. Oil pollution is destroying the planet, and with effect people regardless of their politics.

          • Lisa Lupo

            Nobody denies that his remarks were stupid, not even him. He apologized for the comments. BC never apologized for anything. BC actually DID grope women and actually DID assault women. As for oil, there’s a worldwide need for it. There’s not a single country that doesn’t need it. Like it or not, it’s a product that is used around the globe. Every country runs on it. On the subject of Putin, there’s an old saying “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. Just a thought.

  • nvsally

    I find nothing wrong with this name!!!

  • Jane Maxwell

    Oh good grief.

  • Lisa Lupo

    This is just plain stupid. This Ms. Cahill is a Knot Head and so are all of the people who signed her petition. Now the word Stallion is Sexist?!?!?! Give me a break. The more these PC morons speak and act, the more asinine they appear.
    It’s formerly part of the Hamburg Place farm. They can call themselves the Hamburgers! No, on second thought, I’m sure the peta patrol would object to that as well as the vegetarians. And people wonder how and why DJT was elected? Look in the mirror Ms. Cahill because this story is an example of why, just one of many.

  • Rita

    My recommendation is The Fillies.
    Many great champion fillies.
    So, would the boys mind being a Filly not to mention the Fathers opinions.

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