Lee High School to Staunton High School in November

Mascot announced for renamed Staunton High School

Three months ago, a 23 member committee of students, teacher, and staff was put together to develop mascot concepts based on a survey open to all middle and high school students, as well as high school faculty and staff.

They ended up with two possibilities: the Staunton Storm or the Staunton Chargers. Both designs were developed with help from Jostens, who provided design services at not cost to the school.

“I’d like to thank our student and staff committee members for their thoughtful work throughout the selection process,” Collins said. “We took our task very seriously and worked hard to select and design a nickname and mascot that represent our school and community well and that reflects the distinctiveness or our school and the confidence, strength, and diversity of our students.”

The Staunton School Board had no say in the decision.

The board voted to rename Robert E. Lee High School to Staunton High School in November 2018.

The school had previously been changed from Staunton High School to be named in honor of the most well known Confederate general in 1914.

Well before the Staunton School Board ever considered bringing a proposal to rename the city’s only high school to a vote, they were planning an overhaul for the aging school, which changed from building a new school to undertaking major renovations. Those are expected to come to fruition in 2020 with a budget of $40 million.

According to the board, the budget for renovations is expected to cover many of the associated costs with the name change, especially as far as signage and costs connected to the building itself.

The name change discussion had been floated at several points over the years, but gained increasing traction after the deadly violence of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017, which was originally organized around that city’s Robert E. Lee statue after a city vote to remove it.

## ## With the Storm mascot, the board says “a storm combines the elements of lightning, thunder, water, and wind, which is symbolic of the power of many coming together as one force in the new nickname. The storm warrior mascot represents strength, determination, and leadership.”

The renovated school will hold about 125 more students than the current school and will include a new bus loop, auxiliary gym, more space in classrooms and more technology in the classrooms.

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