Bedford Road sells off Redmen memorabilia

Bedford Road Collegiate will unveil its new identity, replacing the Redmen name and Indian head logo, on Tuesday.

High school holds a garage sale Saturday morning

Principal Cody Hanke stands next to retired Redmen sweaters and jerseys. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC News)

Saskatoon's Bedford Road Collegiate is hosting a garage sale in its auditorium on Saturday morning to sell off thousands of pieces of the now-retired Redmen memorabilia.

Principal Cody Hanke says the school's quest for a new identity has been a learning experience.

"I am starting to feel better about it, I feel we are at a stage now where we've moved forward," Hanke said.

Bedford Road Collegiate's Redmen name and accompanying Indian head logo have been the topic of contentious debate. 

For the past few years, community groups have lobbied Saskatoon Public Schools' board members to change the west-side high school's name and logo, calling them racist.

The Bedford Road Redmen's logo was redesigned in 2013. (Bedford Road Collegiate)

In March, the school board passed a motion calling on Bedford Road to drop the name. The change will take effect next school year, making this spring's graduating class the last to be called the Redmen.

A group of 70 staff, students and alumni have met several times since April to discuss what the high school's new name and logo should be. 

Last week they settled on a new identity which they plan to publicly unveil at a school pep rally next Tuesday.

In preparation for the re-branding, the school has ripped out its gym floor which bears the Redmen logo and name and Hanke says he hopes to have the space updated by the fall.

Hanke says since the public found out about the changes, the phone has been ringing off the hook with people asking him to reserve Redmen memorabilia for them.

"A school with 91 years of tradition and history, there is lots of proud community members that just want to hang on to their little piece of Bedford Road's history," he said.

The garage sale runs from 9 a.m.. to noon.