Arab school superintendent nixes playing 'Dixie' at football games

Arab school superintendent nixes playing 'Dixie' at football games
Updated: Aug. 15, 2018 at 8:28 PM CDT
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ARAB, AL (WAFF) - Arab City Schools will be doing away with a tradition that dates back more than 50 years.

The superintendent has decided the song "Dixie" will no longer be played at football games.

Superintendent John Mullins says he knows it's not exactly a popular decision but it's what he says is the right decision.

Arab High School will have a new stadium this year and the superintendent wants a new direction. Mullins says unity is part of the school's new vision.

While only having received a handful of complaints over the years, Mullins says it was never a board approved fight song.

Mullins says ethnic diversity has increased in the last decade at the school and the band has even chosen not to play the song at away games based on the demographics of the opponents.

"So that tells you in of itself that we realize that there is some level of controversy or inappropriateness about the song. So as we were getting a new stadium, new coach, new band director, as we were moving forward with the new vision trying to unify everybody, we just felt it was the right thing to do for all of our students and this was the right time to do it," said Mullins.

Mullins says students next year will be allowed to choose their own fight song but "Dixie" will not be on the ballot.

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