INDIANAPOLIS — Roncalli High School has approved a new nickname that will replace “Rebels.”
The school posted on social media Friday that it will now be called the Roncalli Royals.
A task force was recently formed to decide on a new name for the school that better represented the institution.
“I know that there are many alumni and students who have been disappointed about the decision to change the Roncalli nickname,” said Rev. Robert Robeson, Roncalli High School interim president, in a statement online. “We have been the Rebels for the past 50 years, and there are so many who are proud to be part of this tradition. At the same time, the conversation about changing our nickname has been going on for at least 25 years.
Robeson said the decision to change Roncalli’s nickname from “Rebels” to “Royals” was not a response to “cancel culture,” but rather an opportunity to “conform our community to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.”