Calais Campbell donates $30K to help alma mater go from Rebels to Ravens

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Defensive end Calais Campbell didn’t play for the Ravens until he was in the NFL, but he’s making sure that players following in his footsteps at South High School in Denver won’t have to wait that long.

South High School announced last year that they would change their nickname from the Rebels to the Ravens in a decision that didn’t have to do with Campbell’s current team. Campbell promised to match money raised by the school to facilitate the change because he didn’t like the former name, which came with a Confederate soldier mascot when Campbell was in school.

The school raised $30,000, which Campbell matched while adding that he’d kick in more if needed.

“This is a big deal, just to be proud of where you went to school and what it represents,” Campbell said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “To me, high school represents some of my fondest memories and best times in my life. To have that stigma attached to it, it makes you a little less proud to represent it when it’s something you can’t believe in all the way. Making a change for me is a big deal. It gives you a lot more pride in your school.”

The money donated by Campbell and raised by the school will go toward new uniforms, signage and gym flooring.

13 responses to “Calais Campbell donates $30K to help alma mater go from Rebels to Ravens

  1. I like how he acts like it bothered him back then, let’s be real….no it didn’t .

  2. We all do realize that a nickname of the rebels can be a rebel, correct? And not a confederate soldier? I dont collelate a rebel with and slavery on my end but if you want it to be a racist thing, I guess we can make it one.

  3. quint69 says:
    July 8, 2021 at 2:05 pm
    I’m offended by Ravens.

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    That you are offended by Ravens but not by traitorous Confederates says something.

  4. why would a school in Denver have a confederate mascot? just change the mascot! the term rebel isn’t exclusive to the south in the civil war or have anything to so with slavery

  5. Wow. Woke culture was picked up by the NFL like a Mark Sanchez butt fumble. Sad as hell.

  6. 50Stars says:
    July 8, 2021 at 2:11 pm
    We all do realize that a nickname of the rebels can be a rebel, correct? And not a confederate soldier? I dont collelate a rebel with and slavery on my end but if you want it to be a racist thing, I guess we can make it one.

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    Well, since the mascot was a Confederate soldier, I think they pretty much made that decision; it meant the American south kind. Now, if you want to put a picture of James Dean on your helmet then maybe you have a point. But they didn’t.

  7. I thought it was strange that a school in Colorado would have the name Rebels so I looked it up. Turns out that Denver started with four schools– North, South, East, West– and they all chose a nickname and mascot from that region. Contrary to what people now believe, the war against the government was not about slavery in particular and people around the country in the years after the war didn’t think that anything southern was pro-slavery and inherently racist. The majority of the alumni didn’t want the name changed. Too bad they couldn’t keep it as something southern– some animal or whatever. Really crazy for people who live in the west to make their mascot the Ravens. Everybody I know
    who lives in a western state hates those stinking birds.

  8. The mascot did clarify in this instance. I just don’t want it to be lost that the nation was founded by colonists rebelling against British rule.

  9. I demand that TV series Star Wars: Rebels changes its name. Thank you.

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