Va. school named for Confederate general changed to Justice High School

The meeting lasted more than four hours.

FALLS CHURCH, VA (WUSA9) - The Fairfax County school board has voted to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School to Justice High School after more than four hours of discussion.

The meeting lasted  more than four hours now. Fitting, as this has been a debate that has dominated discussion in Fairfax County for two years.

The Fairfax County school board voted back in July to rename J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church. But it delayed choice of a new name to solicit input from families inside the school's attendance boundaries.

The community's top choice was to remove "J.E.B." and be known simply as "Stuart High." But in a 7-4 vote, the board opted for its own idea of Justice High.

Leading up to the start of Thursday's meeting, four names were being looked at to replace the current name JEB Stuart.

  1. Justice -- a name that would invoke memories of Thurgood Marshall and the concept of Justice.
  2. Barbara Rose Johns - a black civil rights activist.
  3. Colonel Louis G. Mendez -- a Hispanic World War II veteran with local ties.
  4. "Stuart" -- the current name with JEB left off.

But, the board simply was not able to come to any consensus on either of the four names that have been brought up in various motions that have been voted on.

Johns, Mendez and Stuart all failed in separate votes.

Changing the name could cost as much as $900,000.

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