North Quincy High School Changes Mascot

QUINCY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — North Quincy High School mascot "Mr. Yakoo" often depicted as a Native American has been revised.

Rather than bearing a mohawk and stone ax, he is now wearing a tricorne and patriots outfit.

"We agree it was time to take a new look at him," Quincy Mayor Tom Koch said.

The mascot was created in the late 50s by an Armenian-American dentist. For years, Mr. Yakoo has been the subject of criticism for being racist and insensitive to Native Americans.

Koch is confident in the new image.

"I think it takes any aspect of the old image away, as far as being offensive to anybody," Koch said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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