Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Robert E. Lee High School Will Keep Name After School Board Vote

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 8:34 AM

  • Northeast Independant School District
  • Robert E. Lee High School

The NEISD officials elected to not change Robert E. Lee High School's name during a during Monday evening's school board meeting

The 5-2 vote ends a months-long effort that began that began as a student-initiated petition in the wake of a white racially motivated massacre in a Charleston, South Carolina church that killed nine black Bible Study attendees. The tragedy led to calls to remove displays of the Confederate flag, as well as other monuments and symbols of the Confederacy, from public property.

In July, the Bexar County Commissioners court voted to remove several plaques bearing the Confederate flag that were displayed on County property. 

The debate about Confederate symbols and our countries racist legacy, inspired Lee student Kayla Wilson to start a petition asking NEISD officials to identify another notable figure to name the school after instead of the Confederate general. 

The effort gathered thousands of signatures and even a plea from Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro to district officials. But those in favor keeping the Lee name were just as vocal, noting Lee's historical significance outside of his role in the Confederate military.

Last month another petition began circulating to change Lee's name to Gregg Popovich High School, an effort the Spurs head coach did not support. 

Yesterday's vote followed several hours of discussion as students, parents and alumni expressed support or disagreement with the name change, according to KSAT. The board did vote, however, in favor of reviewing Confederate symbols and materials on display at Lee Highs School in order to determine if they should remain. 

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