November 4, 2011
Huntsville official backtracks on Lee school renaming
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Huntsville’s superintendent is abandoning his proposal to change the name of Lee High School after a day of protest by students, parents and alumni.
The Huntsville Times reported Thursday that Casey Wardynski announced the high school’s name would not be changed hundreds spoke out against the change.
The school opened in 1958 and got its name from Lee Highway, a busy route that was named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
About 250 students marched from the school Thursday morning, some carrying signs boasting of “General Pride.” Alumni and parents peppered school board members to block the name change.
Wardynski told the crowd he felt the pressure from officials who told him he was making a “gargantuan mistake.” The crowd cheered when he announced he was dropping the proposal.
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