Thursday, April 29, 2021

Virginia High School Rededicates to John Lewis, Dropping Confederate Name

A Virginia high school was rededicated in honor of the late Rep. John Lewis, replacing the name of a Confederate general to celebrate a civil rights icon.

The Fairfax County Public Schools campus in Springfield is now John R. Lewis High School after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

At this Fairfax County school, the name change has been months in the making. The school was renamed in July 2020 and got national attention, including a mention in a “Jeopardy!” question.

Lewis High School is one of 20 public schools across the U.S. named for Confederate figures that have been renamed in the past year. Research by Education Week magazine found there are still about 200 schools in the U.S. named for confederate figures.


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