SAN ANTONIO – Three days after the Northeast Independent School District voted to rename Robert E. Lee High School, alumni members from the class of 1972 banded together to create and sell “Mad Rebel” Fiesta medals at this year’s all-class reunion.
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According to a Facebook post, the group explored the idea of creating a medal that would feature “Lee (High School) with the Mad Rebel holding his flag (on the) Fiesta medal.”
The “Mad Rebel” design was shared by Fiesta Medal Maniacs with the original post that read in part:
“Cost $10.00 per medal for this beautiful 1.75" medal design. It will have an epoxy finish and the flag and text boxes will have glitter fill areas (shimmer).”
“Ribbon also detaches so Mad Rebel can be worn as a necklace using your own necklace chain. So excited. Mad Rebel holding his flag, Robert E. Lee HS. Home of Champions,” the Facebook post said.
NEISD spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor said the district has nothing to do with outside alumni associations, along with the making of the “Mad Rebel” Fiesta medal.
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Chancellor said Robert E. Lee High School’s mascot has always been the “Volunteers” since the school opened in 1958, and has never been the “Rebels.”
For over two decades, the high school has disconnected itself from the use of Confederate flags, Confederates, and the term "Rebels," Chancellor said.
On Monday, the district announced it will be giving people who are interested in helping rename Lee High School one week to submit ideas, and are seeking examples for the school not to be named after a person but rather a concept.
"In our school district, right now, we do have a couple of examples that are schools that are not named after people,” 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."
Messages sent by KSAT.com to the alumni association were not immediately answered.