RUTLAND, VT – The Rutland City School Board agreed this week to change the name for Rutland High School sports teams.

They will go by simply ‘”Rutland.”

“My feeling is that if we don’t replace it with something, then people will continue calling us and calling our teams the Raiders,” said board member Kevin Kiefaber at a December school board meeting.

Students had pushed for the change, saying Raiders carried racial connotations. A survey found 43% of students favored Rutland over other options, including Raptors or Ravens.

“I think there are a significant number of students that really want to be done with the conversation and they just want it to stop,” said Schillinger.