NEISD taking submissions to rename Robert E. Lee High School

District voted in August to rename school

SAN ANTONIO – The Northeast Independent School District is giving people interested in helping rename Robert E. Lee High School one week to submit their ideas.

At a meeting Monday evening, the school board said “the name should reflect an idea, not a person.”

The board is seeking a name that is “wholesome” and “welcoming and identifiable to the general public.”

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Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 25.

"In our school district, right now, we do have a couple of examples that are schools that are not named after people,” district spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor said. “We have the Academy of Creative Education and we also have the International School of the Americas. So at this point we are really looking for an idea, not really a person’s name."

The board voted to change the name at a meeting on Aug. 29, after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, put Confederate named schools and statues back in the national spotlight. The city of San Antonio also removed a Confederate statue after the attack in Virginia.

The school’s name will be changed after the 2017-2018 school year.

Click here for the district's survey.