File - Coachella Valley High School’s mascot, Arab, dances to the band during a pep rally in November, 2005.
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THERMAL, California: A California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.The bearded, snarling mascot with a large hooked nose who wears a headscarf did not appear at Coachella Valley High School's season opening football game Friday. The Arab mascot has existed since the 1920s to recognize the desert region's reliance on date farming, a traditionally Middle Eastern crop.The district refused to change the school's "Arabs" nickname, but it agreed to redesign the Arab face on the school logo.
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