New Name Selected for Midland's Robert E. Lee High School


The Midland school board has selected Legacy High School as the new name for its high school and freshman school, which were both named for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The board voted Wednesday night for Legacy to be the name of both schools, rejecting a committee recommendation that the names be Legacy of Equality and Excellence, or L.E.E.

The board had voted in July to rename the schools amid nationwide calls to remove Confederate monuments and names from schools. It's not clear if the school's mascot, the Rebels, will also be changed.

The Midland school was named in 1961 and its graduates include former first lady Laura Bush, retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks and former NFL player and player's association president Eric Winston.

Earlier this year in North Richland Hills, Birdville's Richland Rebels changed their mascot to be the Royals. The Fort Smith, Arkansas, school board earlier this week renamed an elementary school as Park Elementary that had been named for Confederate Gen. Albert Pike.

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