Sidney CSD Reveals New Nickname
The Sidney Central School District has revealed its new nickname as the Sabers.
During the monthly Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, a group of students revealed string backpacks to show the new name for those in attendance. Sidney previously went by the Warriors.
The new nickname was needed as Sidney was one of roughly 60 New York State public school districts that used a nickname or mascot connected to Native Americans. A New York State Supreme Court ruling in June of 2022 established that public school districts are prohibited from utilizing nicknames and mascots.
The final vote was by the Sidney CSD student body in grades K-12. In total 827 students voted and nearly 50 percent of them chose Sabers. The other two choices were the Lions with 255 votes or 31 percent and the Rough Riders with 20 percent of the votes of 166 in total.
Owego and Candor have also changed their nicknames for the same reasons, opting for River Hawks and Coyotes, respectively.