By Lanz Christian Bañes
An era ended Wednesday at Vallejo High School when the last senior took his diploma and became an alumnus, officially become the last Apache.
“We will give the Apache nation a standing ovation and a clap of love,” Principal Clarence Isadore said about the Native American tribe whose name was for decades used as the Vallejo High School mascot.
But last year, the Vallejo school board unanimously voted to retire the Apache after graduation, citing concerns that it is offensive and degrading to indigenous peoples. The new mascot, the Redhawks, was announced earlier this year.