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What's the timeline of Robert E. Lee High School's name change?

Over the past few months, Robert E. Lee High School has been battling with changing its name. So where are we at in the renaming process?

MIDLAND, Texas — Over the past few months, Robert E. Lee High School has been battling with changing its name.

Where exactly is the renaming process? 

Since 2017, petitions were signed and presented to the MISD board about changing the name to Lee High School, but no changes were made.

July 27: 

After a four-hour meeting, the MISD Board voted to rename Robert E. Lee HS. The vote ended 6-1 in favor of the change.

August 6: 

Midland ISD Citizen's Renaming Committee was formed.

September 4:

Each of the 23 members of the Citizen's Renaming Committee was able to recommend one name, and from those names, all members voted for the top five names.

  • Midland Carver Lee High School
  • Tall City High School 
  • Basin High School 
  • Lee High School 
  • Legacy of Equality and Excellence High School 

September 17:

The Renaming Committee narrowed down the list of five, to three and then to one. The final choice... "Legacy of Equality and Excellence High School."

This new name will drop the name of the Confederate general but keep the same familiar "Midland Lee" nickname. Now, L.E.E. is an acronym.

October 14:

The Citizen's Renaming Committee will present its name recommendation- Legacy of Equality and Excellence to the MISD Board along with the two other top names.

The board will have the final say, they can either accept or deny the name recommendation.

Stay tuned with Newswest 9 for the latest on Robert E. Lee High School change.