Port Townsend school out ahead of Redskins debate

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) - A Washington high school was way ahead of the Washington Redskins when it replaced its Redskins team name after 88 years and adopted a Redhawks logo.

The Peninsula Daily news reports Port Townsend High School began showing off its new red hawk logo this week.

It's just a coincidence that the federal trademarks board ruled on Wednesday that the National Football League team would be losing trademark protection for its name. The team says it plans to appeal.

The new Port Townsend logo was designed by a Seattle graphic designer whose wife is a 2005 school graduate.

The change was prompted by a June 2012 letter from a district parent calling the Redskins symbol offensive and inappropriate.

After a year of study, the board voted last June to retire the Redskins name and seek a new one.