MIDLAND, TX — The Midland ISD school board met Monday night and voted 6-to-1 to rename Robert E. Lee High School and the Lee Freshman School. The Midland Lee Rebels are no more, wiping out a storied name in Texas High School football since 1960.
The Lee name had few fans on the board. Rick Davis, an attorney and president of the Midland ISD Board of Trustees, said his decision to rename the schools was based upon why Robert E. Lee’s name was inaugurated by the former Midland ISD school board when the school was built in 1960.
In an op-ed in the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Davis said he asked himself why Robert E. Lee’s name was used, “I believe that the naming of Robert E. Lee High School in in 1960, in the midst of the civil rights movement, six years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision prohibiting segregated schools, and about six years before Midland de-segregated its high schools, fails the ‘why’ test.” https://www.mrt.com/opinion/article…
During the presentations for and against Midland Lee’s name, the paper reported that 17 of 22 rose in favor fo changing the name. The arguments against changing the name ranged from not surrendering to the “cancel culture’ to the cost of the name change.
Board member Bryan Murry attempted to have the agenda item tabled before debate began. His motion failed to receive a second and, at the end of the discussion, the other 6 board members voted in favor of the change.
Next year would have been the 60th anniversary of Midland Lee High School.
Locally, the San Angelo ISD takes up the renaming of Robert E. Lee Middle School in October.