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EBR School Board votes to officially adopt school name as Lee High

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The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted Thursday to keep the name for Lee High School.

School board members voted 5-4 for the school to keel the name while officially dropping the "Robert E." from it at Thursday's school board meeting. 

The board heard a full round of comments from those in attendance, with the strong sentiment against keeping the name of the Confederate general. 

The school, which is set to re-open in the fall, was first named for the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. However, over the years references to the Confederate general, including the Rebel mascot, have been changed. 

Changing the name of the school would have required spending a lot of money to change everything bearing the school’s name on top of the $55 million spent to rebuild the school.

Officials said with construction done, any cosmetic changes would have landed in the ball park of roughly $250,000 to $300,000. 

The public got the chance to weigh in with their opinions about the new Lee High School and possibly changing its name during a forum on Friday, June 10. 

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