A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot.
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2005, file photo, Coachella Valley High School's mascot, "Arab," dances to the band during a pep rally at the school in Thermal, Calif. The hook-nosed, snarling mascot who wears a head scarf did not appear at Coachella Valley High School's season opening football game Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot was also retired. The Desert Sun reports the change among the steps the Coachella Valley Unified School District is taking to give the mascot a makeover. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Marilyn Chung, File) RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE OUT; NO SALES; NO FOREIGN