Several Houston ISD schools to be renamed

Lee High School is one of four schools that will eventually have its name changed although it will be a long process.

HOUSTON - It's a controversial issue that's been brewing in Houston ISD: whether to rename schools named after Confederate leaders.

Lee High School is one of four schools that will eventually have its name changed although it will be a long process.

In addition to Lee, HISD passed a resolution to kick start the renaming process for Grady Middle School, Dowling Middle School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

But the board also decided to hold off on four other schools for further discussion with each community. Those schools are Jefferson Davis High School, Reagan High School, Lanier Middle School and Johnston Middle School.

Alumni from Davis and Reagan packed the board meeting Thursday night to voice their concerns and they came away pleased.
"I'm really happy with the action the board took. I like the way they went about it," said Howard Moon, a Reagan graduate of 1951.

"The students are still Davis proud," said Arnaldo Hinojosa, Davis High School graduate of 1964. "They're still purple proud, so changing the name does nothing."

HISD says the four schools that were not voted on Thursday will have a chance to go back to their communities and get input and bring those suggestions back to the board.

Their names could get changed eventually.

For those schools on the list to be changed, school officials tell us each campus will be required to form a diverse committee to explore possibilities for new names.

Some parents believe this debate should be less focused on the name and more on the education itself.

"I think if we're going to rewrite wrongs I think that we need to change the status of how we're educating our children in every school and I think this would be less of an issue," said Pretta Vandible-Stallworth.

HISD says it's too early in the process to determine how much all of this will cost.

Recommendations for the new names of the four schools voted on Thursday will be presented to an HISD board meeting in May.


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