Fairfax Co. School Board votes to change name of J.E.B. Stuart High School
FALLS CHURCH, Va.–After nearly four hours of back and forth The Fairfax School Board voted to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School; a move two years in the making.
The vote came after the Board debated intensely over a sub motion to further delay Thursday’s vote until October, citing by some members, a need for better governance and giving newly appointed FCPS Superintendent, Scott Braband a chance to make a better informed decision.
The issue over changing the school’s name was first brought to the table by a group of J.E.B. Stuart High School students and skyrocketed after actors Bruce Cohen and Julianne Moore, who attended J.E.B. Stuart in 1970’s, petitioned for the name change online.
The high school was named after the confederate general took back in 1958, before school integration became the law of the land.
One option up for consideration is simply changing the name to Stuart High School, though the it will be up for public debate when the process begins this fall.
Supporters of the change say the name is offensive to Black to students and other minorities.
Those who want to keep the name say it dismisses a key part of the area’s history and it costs too much at almost a a million dollars.
The proposed timeline for the name to take effect is Fall 2019.