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2 Wednesday, March 23, 2016 THE JOURNAL P L' I~I .... VIRGINIA VIEWPOINTS How is it pos- sible that it's been 40 years since I gradu- ated from high school? 40! But that's how long it's been since the JEB Stuart class of1976 DAVID S. KERR receivedtheir diplomas. For most people coming up on this milestone, the old Alma Mater is usually still carrying on under the same name and often in the same building. But, my high school is different. Oh, the school still occupies the same building. It's even been renovated and looks fan- tastic, but students, parents, alumni, and people in the community want to change its name. They don't want it named after a Confederate war hero. ship over the F the name of local high school. But, I have won- General J.E.B. Stuart was one of our old high school. However, that dered what some of my African- the South's most celebrated cavalry doesn't mean emotions aren't run- American classmates might have generals. He was young, dashing ning high. thought. They had begun school in and daring. Our teams, accordingly, The school was named in 1957.a segregated school system. Maybe were all named "the Raiders" and While some say it was named as they weren't too fond of the school's the logo is a soldier, wearing Stuart's a part of the upcoming Civil War name either, but just didn't say so. distinctive plumed hat on horse- Centennial Celebration that prob- Or, maybe they didn't think much back. ably wasn't the case. It's more likely, about the name either. But, it seems As a former school board mem- that it, and another school in Fair- a bit insulting that when school ber in Stafford County, I remember fax, Robert E. Lee High, were named segregation ended they spent their how hard it was to name a school after Confederate war heroes in a high school years in an institution in the first place. Let alone change not too subtle protest of the 1954 named after a general who fought a name. Renaming a school sounds Brown v. Topeka Supreme Courtfor a cause that advocated keeping like a nightmare. But, maybe, for my decision that ordered schools to be their ancestors in slavery. old Alma Mater, it's time to do just integrated. Virginia was a leader in Today J.E.B. Stuart is a model of that. the "Massive Resistance" movement the community around it. It's a mix My graduating class, at least those which vehemently opposed school of Latino, black, white and Asian that I have kept track of, is divided desegregation, kids. And to the pride of the county on the topic. There are a lot of us on When I was in high school I don't they score well in all measures of social media and I have friends on remember thinking anything ofhigh school performance. Though, both sides of the issue. But, we seem the name of the school. It was my it seems that many of the students, to have agreed to disagree. After 40 years no one wants to end a friend- Sometimes health is measured in Compassionate Family Foot Care Dr. Inez M. 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Postmaster, send 3579 to: The ]ournal, Post Office Box 409, King George, Virginia 22485 and their parents, the mind tice lived in the area served by the that it's time for a name change, high school and his son served as There is nothing sacred in most the Commonwealth's director of high school names. They are often public safety. Marshall was also the named after prominent local people, lead attorney for the NAACP in the historic figures, or some bit ofgeog- Brown v. Topeka decision. That's raphy. And they reflect the prefer- another bit of irony given that the ences and prejudices of the time. school was probably named in pro- So, just as they were named in one test to this decision. era, there is nothing in the rulebook However, while I support the that says you can't change a name in name change, when people ask me another era. In Liverpool, England, where I went to high school, I am there was a successful movement to likely to still say "J.E.B. Stuart." It change the names of streets that had was Stuart during my years there; been named after slave traders. The my diploma says it and so does my only exception, with a nod to the letter iacket. "Beatles" was Penny Lane. However, it will be just fine if The suggested alternative, and graduates in later years, with new it's a good one, is that the name be colors and logos, say they went to changed to Thurgood Marshall High Thurgood Marshall High. That's a School. The late Supreme Court jus- name I would be proud of. 2 93 1 7 7 59-8 794 5 1 8 7 5 2 4 CLUES ACROSS 1. Matter 5. Puzzled 11. Well wish 14. Frightened 15. Home of the Cowboys 18. Between the jejunum and the cecum 19. Founded the Union Colony 21. Read-only memory 23. Sorcerers 24. Female parents 28. Unexpected obstacle 29. Of I 30. Used to have (Scottish) 32. Patti Hearst's captors 33. Rock TV channel 35. Revolutions per minute 36. Exclamation: yuck! 39. Be afraid of 41. Arizona 42. Red liqueur __ gin 44. More discourteous 46. 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