Local Organization Proposes Name Change for Lee High

Local Organization Proposes Name Change for Lee High

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Una Voz Unida, a local organization, is pushing for change. They want to see Robert E. Lee High School in Midland take on a new name. This all comes on the heels of the controversy brewing over the confederate flag. Lee High dropped the use of the confederate flag as a symbol back in 1991. Una Voz Unida wants see even more done.

"We want to at least start the conversation. At least get people thinking about that this, thinking that there are things that we would like to see better, that there are things that we would at least like to have a conversation about," said Ben Raigoza, Vice President of Una Voz Unida.

Una Voz Unida, told NewsWest 9 that the recent controversy in Charleston, South Carolina is what got them thinking about who Lee High was named after and what the name stands for.

"I think that a simple name change could inspire students that are maybe not doing as well as they could," said Raigoza. 

Gene Collins with the local NAACP chapter says no matter the outcome, history is knowledge.

"I think it's important to know Robert E. Lee," said Collins. 

Many alumni and current students still use the confederate flag to show their rebel pride.

"You could, with your own freedom of expression, you could put up whatever you want to. That's one of the beauties of this country. For an organization, a public organization, you fall into a different category," said Collins. 

"You know really the ball is in their court. Like I said we would at least like to see them have a discussion about it," said Raigoza. 

In a statement regarding Lee High, the Midland School District told us quote "The school has a diverse population and a fifty plus history of helping prepare business and civic leaders of both genders and all races."

Now Una Voz Unida has not yet formally reached out to MISD, but they told NewsWest 9 they have plans to do so.