A Central Texas school board is banning the Confederate battle flag from district property and district-sponsored events.
Hays board members voted 5-2 Monday to amend the student code of conduct to ban the flag, which was formerly displayed with the Hays High School Rebel mascot.
The ban also covers any imagery deemed to be racially hostile, offensive or intolerant.
The Confederate anthem has been known to evoke the traditions of proud state and region, but also slavery and prejudice.
Confederate symbolism was also recently banned at another campus – Dixie State College of Utah.
The campus had to remove a statue depicting two Confederate soldiers, one of whom waved a confederate flag.
The flag remains a polarizing image in America, with many northern states associating it with slavery and the great death toll of the Civil War, whereas many southerners it as a point of heritage and pride.