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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:00

Virginia high school named after Confederate general to change name

Written by Jacqueline Thomsen | The Hill

A Virginia high school named after a Confederate general is preparing to change its name. It was July 2015 and Stephen Spitz asked me to help them with a petition to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia. He was hoping to name the school after Justice Thurgood Marshall who lived in the neighborhood. Now 3 years later the name officially changes on July 1st.

J.E.B. Stuart High School in Fairfax will become Justice High School on July 1, USA Today reported Friday.

Stuart was a leading general in the Confederate Army and commanded troops during the Battle of Gettysburg. The Fairfax County School Board voted to change the name last year.

J.E.B. Stuart Removed

The high school’s sports teams will also change their names from the Raiders to the Wolves, according to USA Today, after students voted on the new nickname in January.

However, the community has been split over the name change. One group has pushed for the renaming, noting that the school has a majority population of minority students.

However, the opposing group argued that the change will erase history.

Cities and towns across the U.S. removed Confederate statues after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year, which was held around a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

More than 30 schools with Confederate names across the U.S. have rebranded since 2015, according to Education Week.

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