Staunton High School Picks New Mascot, Nickname
The mascot change will come at the same time as several renovations to the school.
Staunton's Robert E. Lee High School will get a new mascot and logo when it changes its name to Staunton High School on July 1.
The school will be home to the Staunton Storm. The name is inspired by a quote made popular by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It features a warrior carrying a lightning bolt and shield with the letter 'S' on it.
Students and staff had a chance to share their thoughts on two possible mascots and nicknames: the Storm or the Chargers. Ultimately, the Storm was selected along with new school colors: navy blue, white, and silver. The changes will be incorporated during upcoming renovations and construction.
"It represents many elements coming together as one powerful force and the Storm Warrior mascot that goes along with it will also represent the characteristics of determination, strength, and leadership," said Robert E. Lee High School Principal Thomas Collins.
A selection committee is expected to finalize the new school logos in the coming weeks. Last fall, the school board voted to change the name of over concerns about race issues related to the legacy of the Civil War.