Coachella Valley High School “Home of the Arabs” Angers Arabs

Coachella Valley High School in Thermal, California has a large door mat reading “Welcome to Coachella Valley, Home of the Arabs.” Coachella Valley High School students have considered themselves “Arabs” since the 1920s. Arabs today are not happy.

Coachella Valley High School Sports Mascot

Coachella Valley High School Sports Mascot – Click the pic to visit the alum website

The art is part of a campus-wide infatuation with the Middle East, or fantastical notions of it, in which men are barbarous, women are harem girls and magic lamps exist.Coachella_Valley_High_School_Arabs_16

In fact, the school calls itself the “Coachella Valley Arabs” in sports, and even features an “Arab” as its mascot — which has led to a firestorm of controversy in the Arab-American community.

“The mascot is basically an angry ‘Arab’ head – hooknose, long beard, headscarf and all,” said Abed Ayoub, legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Source: Al Jazeera America

Coachella_Valley_High_School_Arabs_1Take a look at Google images for “Coachella Valley High School Arabs.” The logo is on everything from baby clothing to basketball, baseball, wrestling and softball gear.

Harem Girls on School Wall - particularly offensive

Harem Girls on School Wall – particularly offensive

The Al Jazeera America article linked above says in the 1920s there were plans for an “Arabian-themed hotel and shopping complex.” Odd that in over 70 years, there has been no dust-up over “belly dancers in the half-time show” (2nd video below) or harem girls as banner-bearers in the marching band. Must be something to do with September 11, 2013, don’t you think?

Interesting alum discussion/comments on this page (first video below courtesy of

Coachella Valley High School “Arab” History
CVHS Belly-Dancer and Arab Mascot in half-time show (video)
Linked at Grumpy Opinions – please read, Common Core making our children stupider.

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