Students were polled on Monday, September 14, during Third Lunch.
Question: Based on the controversy surrounding the confederate flag and the rebel mascot, what do you think Walpole should do about the Rebel name?
Senior Noelle Auditore: “Nothing should be done. Rebels has been the name forever.”
Junior Tess Erwin: “Keep it because Walpole itself didn’t ruin the reputation of the name. It’s the outside people who give the name a bad connotation.”
Senior Maddie Smith: “I don’t think it should be changed because we have been the Rebels for so long and our name does not associate with the confederate flag. They are two separate things.”
Anonymous: “Don’t change it because if we change our name, it would cause a lot of problems and create even more opposition.”
Sophomore Brendan Reedy: “Keep it, because I like it.”
Sophomore Armand Caloumenos: “It has been a sign of Walpole for many years. The name should stay.”
Freshman Deirdre Erwin: “Keep the name. It shows who we really are.”
Freshman Sam Thorsen: “Keep the name because we are the Rebels.”
Sophomore Jonathan Foti: “Take down the flag. Keep the name.”
Sophomore Brynne Bergen: “Keep it the same because we already spent so much money on uniforms and our fields; if we change it, we are ruining our reputation.”