After over a year, the Arlington County School Board voted 5-0 to rename Washington-Lee High School to Washington-Liberty.
“We’re in blue Arlington, you know? Everybody sticks together. That’s why you see these five to zero votes up here all the time,” said Vice President of the Washington-Lee Alumni Association Dean Fleming.
The Alumni Association fought hard to save the original name of its alma mater. Its president called its relations with the school board “icy.”
“Arlington has moved on, you know? We’re not the Confederacy anymore. This is just a southern state and we’re not the Confederacy. Some people just want to bring it up all the time and complain about it and throw it in your face,” said Mary Evans, president of the Alumni Association.
For others, saving the name was about saving their high school’s legacy. Kathy Mirro, member of the Alumni Association and a 1970 alumna, says her children and grandchildren attended Washington-Lee. “And I have one there now and more to come and they all want to graduate from Washington-Lee High School,” said Mirro.