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|Actually, the answer to Pam's question is pretty simple. In the DPS (Denver Public Schools) there is a North, South, East, and West High Schools. Added later were Manual, GW, TJ, and Lincoln. I'm only guessing that back in 1925 when South High School opened, they became the Rebels because they were from South Denver - the southerners, as it were. It made sense in an unpolitically correct era.
I grew up in Arvada. Our mascot, up until about 20 years ago, was the Redskins. It is now the Reds, and there are still people upset with the change. I wonder if Washington will ever do the politically correct thing and change the name of their football team. Yeah, right.