South Eugene High School officially will be the home of the “Axe,” replacing the former “Axemen” team name.

South Eugene High School officially will be the home of the “Axe,” replacing the former “Axemen” team name.

August Frank/The Register Guard

South Eugene High School officially will be the home of the “Axe,” replacing the former “Axemen” team name.

Eugene School District officials announced the decision Monday afternoon following weeks of gathering comments and ideas from the extended south Eugene community about whether to change the school’s team name.

Some people said the Axemen name, which dates back more than 90 years, is sexist and excludes those who don’t identify as male.

South Eugene High School Principal Andy Dey reviewed about 4,000 responses to a district online survey that asked respondents to identify why the district should either change or keep the Axemen name. On Wednesday, he then recommended to Eugene district Superintendent Gustavo Balderas that the school change the team name to the Axe.

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