The Board of Education unanimously approved a new mascot for the school district at a special meeting Dec. 13.
Teams will now be known as the North Haven Nighthawks.
Nighthawks are expert hunters found along the rivers and open fields of North Haven and are known for their persistence and stamina.
The former Indian mascot was retired at a BOE meeting in July.
“I am looking forward to an awesome new logo that we can all be proud to wear,” said Amanda Gabriele, board member and Mascot Committee member. “I also think that this will make all the people who pushed for this change feel welcome in our great town.”
Mascot Committee meetings began in September and suggestions for a new mascot were taken in November, after which the committee culled through submissions to identify finalists.
Through the first week of December, there was online voting for students as well as voting opportunities for residents online and with paper ballots at Town Hall, the library, and senior center.
Other mascot names given consideration were: Fisher Cats, Phoenix, Ravens, Storm, and Wolfpack.
During a PowerPoint presentation, regarding the mascot, it was noted that the committee had exceeded eight times the amount needed for a statistically significant sample of a town the size of North Haven.
At a February board meeting, members discussed a proposed legislative bill that would prevent the use of Native American mascots in public schools.
In April, it was reported that North Haven had received a letter from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Nation at Foxwoods calling on them to change the mascot.
Officials will work on the logo and branding for the North Haven Nighthawks with North Haven Athletics.