West Montgomery cafeteria redesign to include traditional “warrior head” logo

Montgomery County school administrators have decided to incorporate a version of the traditional “warrior head” in their revamp of the West Montgomery High School cafeteria.

A large "warrior head" mural first appeared on the cafeteria wall at West Montgomery High School in the early 1970s. (undated & uncredited photo via Facebook)

A large “warrior head” mural first appeared on the cafeteria wall at West Montgomery High School in the early 1970s. (undated & uncredited photo via Facebook)

Last week, it became known that the redecorating of the cafeteria had included painting over a large warrior head mural that had been there since the 1970s. Following a large public outcry, school officials met late last week and decided to include the traditional design in the new work.

Superintendent Dale Ellis told WMTG his office received “dozens and dozens of phone calls” about the matter.

Ellis said he and other administrators are more concerned with providing a positive learning environment and did not want this distraction to take away from what otherwise was shaping up to a “wonderful opening of the school year.”

While not a scientific poll, comments seen on Facebook were overwhelmingly supportive of the former design. Many included disparaging remarks about food served in the cafeteria, and some called for the firing of the superintendent.

Still, a few comments questioned the appropriateness of the continued use of a “warrior” mascot in light of opposition raised by the National Congress of American Indians and others.

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