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Survey Results Released for New Name of Robert E. Lee High School

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STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) -

Survey results for the new name of Robert E. Lee High School have been released, and two names are the overwhelming favorites among the suggestions.

Last month, the Staunton City School Board voted to change the school’s name, which has been in place for more than a century. The decision came after months of contentious debate on the appropriateness of having the school named after the former Confederate leader.

The leading name suggestion in the survey was Staunton High School, receiving more than 1,800 votes. The next highest vote-getter was Queen City High School, garnering 1,600 votes.

The rest of the preselected names were Shenandoah High School, Shenandoah Valley High School, and Valley High School. Those suggestions fell far beneath the top two, earning between 150 and 250 votes each.

The survey also had the option to let people make their own suggestions, outside of the preselected ones.  In that section, many people suggested leaving the name as Robert E. Lee High School.

The survey went live on October 9 and closed October 31 at 4 p.m. After the decision was made to change the name, some Staunton community members voiced displeasure with it while others were happy to see it gone.

The Staunton City School Board plans to take the results of the survey into consideration, but ultimately will make the decision on its own. The board is expected to make the decision of a new name at its next meeting.

Staunton City School Board Survey Results:

Warning: Vulgar, offensive and foul content have not been redacted from the survey results.