Virginia school district considers bringing back Confederate school names after 2020 changes

By: | May 20, 2022

A Virginia school board is discussing whether to restore the names of two schools that were once named for Confederate generals before they underwent name changes in 2020, according to a new report.

The Shenandoah County School Board voted to change the name of Stonewall Jackson High School to Mountain View High School after the murder of George Floyd in 2020 sparked a nationwide racial reckoning, NBC News reported. The board also changed the name of Ashby-Lee Elementary School to Honey Run Elementary School at the time.

Now, the school board has reopened the discussion around the schools’ names after more than 4,000 people signed a petition to restore the original monikers, according to the board’s vice-chairman.

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