Since the founding of Carmel High School in 1940, the school’s mascot has been the “Padre”. The “Padre” figure has been synonymous with the school and the larger Carmel community for over 80 years; however, changes in public opinion over time have brought to light conflicting views on the use of this iconography. Several petitions have asked the school to reconsider its position on the mascot and have sought to make a change. In the spring of 2020, one such petition was presented to the Governing Board of Carmel Unified School District which asked school and district staff to begin a review of the mascot with the goal of conducting a thorough study and determination of next steps.
To learn more about where the district is in this process, please review the following:
- Mascot Study Group Final Report - presented to CUSD Board April 2022
- Recommendations from the CHS Mascot Study Group