Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawks name was at request of Tulalips

I am a 1977 graduate of Marysville Pilchuck High School. Like most of my classmates I was a student when Marysville had two high schools. Marysville and Pilchuck. I was in my sophomore year at Marysville High School when we were informed that due to district restructuring they were merging our two high schools. Most of us thought this was great because we had friends at both schools.

Committees were formed with adults and students to choose names and colors. The final choice was Red from Marysville and Gold from Pilchuck and since we would be moving to the Pilchuck campus we would be the Marysville-Pilchuck Chargers. Why would you then ask are Marysville Pilchuck school colors red and white? Why are we the Tomahawks? Why, because the Tulalip Tribes stepped in and insisted on it. Red and white we were told was chosen decades ago to celebrate the friendship between the Red man and the White man. The name Tomahawk was chosen to symbolize the warrior spirit of the tribe. (Even then I questioned that since I don’t think the local tribes used tomahawks, but that is neither here or there).

Which is why I have mental hysterics everytime some politically correct person tries to tell me that my alma mater’s team name is insulting to my Native American neighbors (“Should Marysville Pilchuck High drop the name ‘Tomahawks’?” The Herald, March 3).

Teri Anne Beauchamp


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