It’s not clear when the Edinburg school district will choose a new name for Robert E. Lee elementary school, but officials will have hundreds of submissions to choose from.
According to the McAllen Monitor, which sent an open records request, the district received 828 credible submissions from the public during a monthlong period from August 12th through September 12th. The suggestions include educators, community leaders, and law enforcement officers, among many others.
Topping the list, by far, is Valley-born author, poet, and scholar Gloria Anzaldua. The second-highest number of votes was for Robert E. Lee – for not changing the name of the school. The third-highest number of suggestions was for Felipe Huerta, a Valley Marine and EMS medic killed in a suspected drunken driving wreck in Edinburg in 2018.
The Edinburg CISD announced in August the elementary school would be renamed as part of the nationwide trend to no longer honor leaders of the Confederacy.